TUTAG cautions NCTE against meddling in affairs Tech University Governing Councils

The Technical University Teachers Association of Ghana (TUTAG) has cautioned the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) against meddling in the affairs of Technical Universities Governing Councils.


It has therefore threatened to drag NCTE to court if it does not put an end to its incessant interference in the running of the various institutions.


A statement by TUTAG and signed by its Chairman, Peter Awini said the NCTE had been ordering Governing Councils of the various Technical Universities around, despite the directives in the Technical Universities Act, 2016.


He said the NCTE had deliberately been sidestepping the Act through a number of directives in a letter dated September 19, 2017 to the six recently inaugurated substantive Governing Councils of the Technical Universities which clearly contravene provisions of the Technical Universities Act, to assert its authority.


The Association alleged that in spite of the crystal clear provisions of the Technical Universities Act, Section 26 which states that “A Council shall ensure the implementation of this Act by statutes which shall, in particular (a) regulate the (i) appointment, (ii) conditions of service, (iii) termination of appointment, and etc”, the NCTE was demanding Technical Universities to make inputs into draft documents concerned for the approval of governing councils.


Mr Awini said the document contained Harmonised Statutes for Technical Universities, Harmonised Scheme of Service for Staff of Technical Universities and Harmonised Conditions of Service for Senior Members and for Senior and Junior Staff of Technical Universities


He said the NCTE further directed the governing councils to refrain from making substantive appointments to positions in the technical universities until the proposed ‘Harmonised Statutes’ was been approved.


The Association argues that the NCTE’s directive regarding the enactment of the “Harmonised Statutes” of a Technical University contravenes section 26 of the Act which confers the power to enact statutes to ensure implementation of the Act on the council of each technical university.


It posits that the directive on ratification of “harmonised” Conditions of Service contravenes several sections of the Labour Act, 2003 (Act 651) which relate to the right of workers to negotiate terms and conditions of employment in Ghana, adding that the right of staff of Technical Universities, who are to be given the forum to negotiate the relevant terms and conditions of service by councils, would have their rights severely curtailed if the proposed procedure by NCTE prevails.


The directive by the NCTE that no substantive appointments shall be made to positions that would require a search process until the proposed “harmonised” Statutes have been approved, Mr Awini said was in breach of the Transitional Provisions of the Technical Universities Act.


He explained that the Technical Universities Act does not enjoin all technical universities to enact harmonised Statutes, agree harmonised Conditions of Service, or institute harmonised Scheme of Service for staff as the framers of the Act recognised that each Technical University was affected by unique circumstances.

By Times Reporter


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