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UTAG strike: Parliamentary Select Committee on Education to meet UTAG, MoE et al

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The Ranking Member of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Education and Member of Parliament for Akatsi North, Peter Nortsu has opined that the court’s directive for the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) to return to class after the ex-parte interlocutory injunction by the National Labour Commission (NLC) would not do anything to address the substantive issues that have been put forward by UTAG.

Mr. Nortsu said the court’s directive could rather aggravate issues as such, based on the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin’s directive, the Parliamentary Select Committee on Education is scheduled to meet with UTAG and the Ministry of Education.

He said the meeting would afford the Committee the opportunity to listen to both sides of the story and serve as an intermediary to help address the ongoing strike.

Mr. Nortsu disagreed with the notion that Parliament’s intervention has come too late saying “the way Parliament works is not the way people see it. As a Committee, when we receive a petition from somebody, we work on it. When the Speaker directs of refers and issue to the Committee, we work on it or gives an instruction that, for example, this UTAG issue, go and find about and come and report, that is what we do. We do not just get up as a committee and then wade into issues”.

The Ranking Member on the Education Committee was responding to comments made by an Educationist, Nii Armah Addy that Parliament’s intervention is too little, too late on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East.

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Mr. Addy has described as “too little too late” Parliament’s intervention in the current stalemate among the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), the National Labour Commission (NLC) and the employers; the government.

“Education is the one single thing that when it goes wrong, it throws the whole country into a jigsaw puzzle. When it happened in the first week, going on into the second week, Parliament should have stepped in,” he said.

A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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