Members of the KNUST Branch of the University and Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), and the Teachers and Educational Workers Union of Ghana (TEWU) have taken over the streets on campus KNUST to protest the dissolution of the school’s governing council by government.
The two bodies have decided to go on protests to express their displeasure in the governments move to dissolve the University Council and replace it with an Interim Management Council. In this vein, they have withdrawn their services and would only return to post after government reverses this decision. As a sign of solidarity, the University Teachers’ Association of Ghana (UTAG), has given the KNUST Branch their full support.
As a matter of concern, the two unions say they do not recognise any Interim Management Committee set up by the government to steer affairs of the university for a period of three months.
UTAG has also directed its branches across the country to meet with its members to decide their next line of action. They are expected to join their colleagues in KNUST to withdraw their services. Academic freedom is under threat, they argue.
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During the protests, they wielded placards with inscriptions such as, “No IMC in KNUST”, “Stop these political tricks,” and “No government Interference,” just to mention a few.
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