The students of Tamale Technical University (TaTu) are urging the school’s management and government to address the concerns of striking lecturers.
The students, who were left with their final exam paper, say that the strike will force them to stay on campus beyond the expected schedule, which will create a financial burden on them.
The Technical University Teachers Association of Ghana (TUTAG) branch at TaTU began an indefinite strike on May 10 over an unapproved formula used in the payment of their end-of-service benefits and the non-payment of certain allowances due from the university’s internally generated funds.
Seidu John Paul, the SRC president of the university, stated that the strike is not only affecting students financially but also psychologically.
He added that students were under the impression that they would finish their exams on May 10 and had made arrangements to leave campus but were unable to write their last paper.
“The strike is actually affecting students because they thought they were finishing yesterday and decided to give out their foodstuffs and book their tickets home but weren’t able to write their last paper and are now stranded with nothing to stay on campus. At the moment, the students don’t have money to take care of themselves and they don’t even know whether they are going home to come and write the last paper next semester.”
The students are appealing to TUTAG to reconsider their decision and return to the classroom.
They also hope that the government will intervene to find a resolution to the ongoing strike.
Story by: Kelly Adjetey Boye | univers.ug.edu.gh