CETAG Strike: Colleges Of Education Shut Down
All the Colleges of Education in Ghana have been directed to close down and allow students to go home following the more than 25-day strike by tutors.
Tutors at the various Colleges of Education have been on strike since the beginning of November 2018 as a result of a disagreement with the government over their market premium, book, and research allowances.The National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) in consultation with the Ministry of Education on Friday directed all Principals of 46 Colleges of Education to release their students to go home.
The Director of Communications at the Ministry of Education, Mr Vincent Ekow Assafuah, who confirmed the development to Graphic Online said the colleges would reopen after the tutors’ impasse with the government is resolved.
“Until we are able to deal with the issue, the students will be home,” he said, adding that government was willing to resolve the issue with CETAG.
Mr Assafuah told Graphic Online that as part of government’s efforts at resolving the impasse, the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) met the leadership of CETAG on Thursday, 29 November 2018, and asked them to go back to the classroom as the government intended to resolve the issue amicably.
However, he said, the CETAG leadership said they will only call off the strike after their November salaries, book and research allowances have been paid. He added that the government was unwilling to pay their November salaries and allowances because the government says the strike was illegal.
Mr Assafuah said CETAG is demanding over 100 per cent increase in their Market Premium, book and research allowances, however, the government is offering to pay 20 per cent, as it has not been captured in the 2018 budget.