The leadership of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) following the ongoing strike action by five Educational workers’ unions has said the unfortunate incident is having a negative effect on the country’s tertiary education system.
In a statement shared with AcademicWeek, It said, “the continued inability of the Ministry of Education to resolve the issues with the striking unions is fueling growing unrest and frustration of students and the entire educational system.”
The Students Union’s concerns come after the Educational workers union across all government universities and Colleges of Education across the country declared a nationwide industrial action to register their displeasure.
“The consequence of these mass strike actions is devastating with major academic and administrative activities such as teaching, marking, transcript release, admission processes, and graduation processes affected,” NUGS stated.
Citing the ongoing strike action has brought tertiary education to a halt, the Union said what is worsening the situation is the impact the government teacher’s strike is having on private universities affiliated with public universities.
Amid the strike, NUGS said private Universities that are affiliated with various public Universities are now unable to graduate students due to industrial actions in the mentoring public universities who are to facilitate these processes.
“The Ministry of Education and all other stakeholders must act with urgency to find an amicable resolution to the issues to prevent further disruption to the academic and educational structures
Once again, we want to state clearly that the frustration and unrest are real and managers of the educational sector must at least be concerned about the damaging impact of these strike actions on the future of our country,” It noted.
The leadership of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) consequently has urged all students in public tertiary institutions to remain calm as it continues to engage various stakeholders in our bid to help solve this impasse.