The University of Cape Coast branch of the Tertiary Education Institutions Network of the National Democratic Congress has expressed gross disappointment over Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia’s failure to speak to UCC students about the ongoing University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) strike which is affecting tertiary students nationwide.
In a press release copied to InsiderGH.com, TEIN-UCC revealed that “it was the hope of the tertiary students of Ghana that through the Vice President, the government could inform tertiary students on steps taken by government and assurance of lecturers returning to the classroom soon. H.E Bawumia nonetheless, decided to ignore making any comments on this devastating development.
According to them, the action of the Vice President and government with respect to this UTAG strike is a clear indication of the fact that the Akuffo Addo -Bawumia led government does not care about the plight of the Ghanaian tertiary students.
The statement further indicated that Vice President Bawumia is “solely interested in standing on the shoulders of the Tertiary Students of the NPP, TESCON, to lace his next political boots.”
The statement, which was signed by the Secretary, Mr. Dery Walieryir Isaac and the President, Mr. Samuel Ayeh, further stressed that the current strike action taken by UTAG has serious repercussions on all public tertiary students and they are very eager to hear a harmonious resolution established between the government and UTAG.
According to them, “if this strike action lingers into a month, landlords would be demanding extra payment of rents from tenants(students) before they would be allowed to stay and write their end of semester exams. It would also affect the current level 400s who need to commence their Compulsory National Service in the soon future. The worst to be affected are those who have planned to travel within certain arranged periods.”
“This attitude of the government towards UTAG is ironical to their ridiculous intentions to introduce free tertiary education in the not-too-distant future,” the statement further reads.
They also urge government to quickly resolve all impasses between them and UTAG, and as a matter of urgency, review the current free senior high school system to improve its quality and should not make attempts to introduce free tertiary education.
Below is their full statement;