After being in school for 5 weeks without classes even the toughest of delinquents are finally cracking. After 5 weeks of doing absolutely nothing, the question on everyone’s mind is where the hell are the teachers and why aren’t they back in school teaching. Well, we’ve got the answer to that question for anyone who is still wondering.
Here is a simple timeline of events for anyone who has been out of the loop:
1. UTAG Goes On Strike To Get Government To Restore Conditions Agreed To In 2012
The 2012 conditions of service pegged the Basic plus Market Premium of a lecturer at $2,084.42. UTAG has complained that the current arrangement has reduced its members’ basic premiums to $997.84.
2. The National Labour Commission Rejects UTAG’s Demands
Although negotiations should have led to a resolution of some sort in order to see teachers back in their lecture halls, the National Labour Commission ruled against meeting UTAG’s demands and demanded that teachers return to their classrooms. Instead, the University Teachers Association stood steadfast in position not to return to the classrooms.
3. The National Labour Commission Drags UTAG to court
Obviously, the government doesn’t want lecturers of its public universities on strike as an extended period of strike to could to a shutdown of universities. As a result, the National Labour Commission dragged UTAG to court. However, the Labour Division of the High Court’s big ruling was that … the two organizations should return to the negotiating table.
In layman’s terms, there’s a whole lot of bureaucracy happening with no actual results.
4. USAG Threatens To Protest
Finally, the University Students Association of Ghana (USAG) has just about had enough of all of this. USAG has threatened a series of demonstrations if teachers don’t find their way back to lecture halls.