Academic activities at the country’s colleges of education was at a standstill yesterday, following the indefinite strike by the tutors of the colleges.
The Colleges of Education Teachers Association (CETAG) on Monday, declared an indefinite strike following what they described as display of lack of commitment on the part of government to migrate its members onto the requisite position in tertiary category.
The migration would result in an increase in their salaries because colleges of education in the country, have now been classifiedas tertiary institutions in line with the Colleges of Education Act 847 passed in June 2012.
In line with the action,tutors at all the 38 colleges of education across the country are to withdraw on-campus teaching, any orientation or any extra-curricular activity until the national body says otherwise.
The action comes at the back of failed attempts by the association to resolve the issue amicably with stakeholders including the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labour Relations and the National Labour Commission.
Jonathan Donkor reports from Cape Coast that a one-week orientation programmme for final year students at the Our Lady of Apostle (OLA) College of Education in Cape Coast was suspended following the strike action by the CETAG.
The teacher trainees, who resumed on Monday , were to be oriented for one week, to be followed by two weeks campus teaching practice before they are posted to various schools to begin their out-programmme, but the strike is likely to affect the academic programme.
According to reliable sources gathered at the college, by The Ghanaian Times, students were idling about waiting for news that the strike had been called off, while the majority of tutors were not on campus. “Nothing is happening here,” the source said.
The Local Chairman of COTEG at the OLA College of Education, Mr. Samuel Crankson told The Times on phone that the tutors at the school would boycott the orientation because they were on strike.
He said the tutors, like their counterparts across the country were determined to get what was due them, and would remain on strike until a decision was made by the national association, depending on how government reacts to the action.
From Koforidua, David Kodjo, reports that the situation at the Koforidua Asokore Seventh-Day Adventist College of Education in Koforidua was not different.
Though the majority of the final year students were expected to spend three weeks on campus before dispatching them for their outing programmes there was no serious academic work as at the time this reporter visited the campus, though the principal’s office, and the accounts office were opened and those in charge of the posting were also present.
Some of the students were cleaning their hostels while others were doing their personal studies.
Some of the students who spoke on anonymity, expressed worry about the situation and claimed there had been a specially designed programme to be covered within the three weeks stay on campus.
They appealed to government to find amicable redress to their lecturers’ grievances to enable them return back to work.
Also, information gathered from the Mount Mery College of Education at Somanya indicated that the students were only sleeping to relax their nerves as no lecturer was ready to teach.
Cliff Ekuful reports from Wa that tutors of the Nusrat Jahan College of Education in the Wa municipality of the Upper West Region refused to join their colleagues in the indefinite strike action declared by GESAG.
A source that disclosed this to The Ghanaian Times, said though they had nothing against the directive, their school was faith-based and as a result could not embark on such action since it was against the tenets of their faith.
The source said though the school was yet to re-open, tutors were on campus going about their normal duties without hindrance.
Meanwhile, independent checks confirmed that most of the tutors of the school were at post preparing towards the re-opening of the college.
A visit to campuses of the college yesterday revealed that the third year students had started reporting to the school for their final orientation which would take place today.