Lecturers at the C. K. Tedam University of Technology and Applied Science (CKT-UTAS) are hopeful that government, the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC), the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) and Management of the institution will quickly resolve all outstanding concerns that resulted in a strike a few weeks ago, with the urgency it deserves.
The Lecturers explained that unlike their counterparts at the Simon Diedong-Dombo University for Business Integrated Development Studies (SDD-UBIDS), management has begun addressing their concerns by paying salaries owed them. The President of UTAG at CKT-UTAS Dr. Jonas Bugase, speaking to A1 Radio in Bolgatanga, explained that after the payment of the salary-arrears owed, the lecturers decided to return to class in good faith hoping that the necessary stakeholders will do their part and address all remaining concerns they have.
The concerns as espoused by the President of UTAG include complete migration of Staff to the CAGD’s structure with a new salary structure that fully commiserates with the previous one and training of lecturers and staff of the university to be able to hand the new system interface that is expected to be installed on campus.
“Our issue is not to say that we will not go to CAGD. If we go to the CAGD, our salaries should be intact. In the earlier arrangement where they tried to move us, we had cited documents that had asked them to place us at levels that are lower than what we are already earning. This brought the issues. There is no way we can migrate when we are seeing some dips [in the salaries],” he explained.
Dr.Bugase indicated that things have begun to look up as some progress has been made on the part of the CAGD as well as the Management of the school. “We signed an MoA with GTEC and we want those things to be done but we are not robots. If times are tough, we need to understand some of the challenges they are facing so that together we can find a solution to it,” he said.
He said under the temporary arrangements, all the conditions have to be satisfied by January, 2022. He insisted that it was in the interest of government and Management of the school to hasten in addressing the concerns of the teachers to prevent and any wanted actions by the unions.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1 MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana