Goverment must address concerns of CETAG
Members of the Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG) have yesterday Monday embarked on an indefinite strike pressing home their demands.
According to them, since the upgrade of colleges of education into tertiary institutions, their conditions of service have not had any corresponding improvement and rise in rank as spelt out by the Colleges of Education Act.
TheCitizensGhana.com is very much appreciative of government’s commitment in making sure our colleges of education receive the necessary accreditation, infrastructural developments, increase in enrollment among others but this genuine concern raised by the tutors needed to be addressed without delay.
Sometime in the first quarter of this year, the Ministry of Education promised CETAG that the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) was in the process of migrating them to reflect their new status as tutors just as their peers in other tertiary institutions. But that promise has not yet been kept by government
TheCitizensGhana.com is appealing to the Ministry of Education to quickly intervene in this matter in order not for the tutors to continue to suspend teaching, tutorial lessons for students, orientation exercise for students and any other activity tutors are supposed to engage in on the campuses of the thirty-eight colleges of education across the country.
With that notwithstanding,the strike being declared by CETAG is illegal since they did not resort to the appropriate channels laid down by our labour laws in addressing labour disputes.
TheCitizensGhana.com is appealing to all members of CETAG to go back to the classroom while government takes steps to address their concerns. It is the hope of this paper that all parties connected to the impasse would sit down on the negotiation table with all sense of urgency in the spirit of good faith to address the issue.