UTAG strike continues as meeting with Education Minister ended inconclusively

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The University Teachers Association of Ghana may not return to the lecture halls anytime soon after their meeting with Education Minister ended in a stalemate.

On  Tuesday, February 8, 2022, the  Sector Minister met with the National Executive Committee of UTAG, alongside some other stakeholders to discuss ways of addressing their concerns for better conditions of service to lecturers in order to get them back to the lecture halls.

Unfortunately, no sound resolutions were reached at the meeting according to the Public Relations Officer of the Education Ministry, Kwesi Kwarteng.

However, both parties have agreed to meet again on Thursday, February 10, 2022, to bring finality to the issue.

“Government through the Ministry of Education engaged UTAG this [Tuesday] afternoon. Discussions were very extensive and progressive. We remain committed to continuously engaging UTAG towards finding a solution to the ongoing impasse.”

“Engagement continues coming Thursday but we are hopeful of finding a lasting solution to the strike.”

It will be recalled that UTAG last week in a letter signed by its legal representative declined an invitation to meet with the NLC in a bid to resolve its ongoing strike.

This followed a High court order to UTAG and the NLC to settle their issues out of court after the latter sent the teachers body to court to force it to call off the one-month-old strike.

UTAG said that it needed to meet with the government or the employer and not the NLC at that moment.

By: Stella Annan | myactiveonline.com Twitter @activetvgh

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