Make concessions to resolve the strike impasse – Kofi Asare

Make concessions to resolve the strike impasse – Kofi Asare

Executive Director of  Education Think Tank  Africa Education Watch, Kofi Asare appears worried about the University Teachers Association of Ghana strike and indicated that he expects some compromise from both parties which is UTAG and the government before the issue is resolved.

He posited that the reported appeals from the government to UTAG, whose five-week strike has crippled public universities, will not yield results.

The two parties are expected to meet later today over the strike.

“For us, appealing to UTAG is not part of the negotiation. Appeals should have been made in week one, not week five,” he said

“If the government is ready to make concessions and UTAG is also ready to make concessions, we can see progress, but if we want to continue pretending that appeals can resolve a five-week-old strike, nothing will happen.”

Also commenting on the issue, the Bulisa South MP, Dr. Clement Apaak, said the government needed to make satisfactory moves to calm the impasse.

“Having been a student before and being a lecturer now, and knowing the position that UTAG has taken, if the government doesn’t put something substantial on the table, my optimism will be dimensioned.”

“They [UTAG] believe they have been pushed to the wall. It is either now or never,” Dr. Apaak said.

By: Stella Annan | Twitter @activetvgh

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