Lecturers at Ghana’s second biggest tertiary institution, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) have declared an indefinite strike following government’s decision to dissolve the university’s governing council.
According to the lectures, the strike takes immediate effect, [Friday, October 26, 2018].
The lecturers after a meeting on Friday said they will not return to the lecture halls until the government addresses their concern.
The lecturers said they do not support the government’s arbitrary decision without due consultation with them and also sidelining the Vice Chancellor of the University from the interim council.
The KNUST branch of UTAG argue that the university is autonomous and, therefore, should not be subjected to political interference by the government.
The lecturers want the old council to be restored. They said they will not return to the lecture halls until this is done.
The lecturers arrived at this decision after a meeting on Friday, 26 October 2018.
Professor Eric K. Fokuo, President of UTAG-KNUST, told the media after the meeting that: “After much deliberations, we have all decided that, as a matter of urgency, they should restore the Governing Council of KNUST and then, also, we do not recognise the Interim Governing Council set up by the government yesterday [Thursday, 25 October]”.
He added that “we have withdrawn our teaching services till the government restores this.”
He pointed out that the move by the government constitutes an “attack on academic freedom”.
On Monday, 22 October 2018, there were disturbances on the campus of KNUST during which properties were vandalised.
The university was subsequently shut down indefinitely upon the advice of the Regional Security Council.
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