We need our lecturers in 48 hours – Poly students charge Government
The nation is to be hit by yet another protest, almost the seventh to be staged in the first quarter of the year. The Ghana Union of Polytechnic Students (GNUPS) has declared its intention to demonstrate on Thursday, May 29, 2014 to draw government’s attention to their plight and compel lecturers to go back to work.
On May 16, the Polytechnic Teachers Association of Ghana (POTAG), began an indefinite strike to highlight their demand for the restoration of their Book and Research Allowance scrapped by the government in favour of a newly established National Research Fund.
But the students who are bearing the brunt of the strike action are unhappy with government’s stance in addressing the concerns of their lecturers.
Speaking at a press briefing in Accra on Monday, the National President of GNUPS, Sulemana Hakim, argued that students had paid their fees and demanded that government act to ensure that lecturers were fully remunerated so they could to attend to their classes.
Mr Hakim stated that the students have fulfilled their part of the deal by paying their fees and availing themselves for training, therefore the least they expected was government’s refusal to settle its indebtedness to their lecturers.
He said their 48-hour ultimatum was due to government’s inaction after three months of advance warning that their lecturers would strike.