9th, November,2018, Muniratu Adams Zanzeh of Magykradioonline.com
Executives of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS), led by the president, Mr. Richmond Asare Tinkaro, together with some of its Bloc heads, USAG, GUPS, GRASAG, have met with the Minister of Education, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh on December 5, 2018 to discuss issues in the educational sector. Issues discussed were targeted at drawing focus to the ministry’s perspectives on the number of subjects collectively deemed important to Ghanaian students and to the board community of education. The meeting afforded the executives an opportunity to officially introduce themselves to the minister, in their roles as the new executives of NUGS.
The discussions revolved around such topics as the Free SHS policy – what roles or support NUGS can offer, perspectives to contribute to the success of the program. The union assures the ministry that it would continue to offer constructive criticisms on issues of interest to students of Ghana.
Further talks focused on the current state of the colleges of Education. Discussions centered on creating reforms that would help resolve the current issues of CETAG and the need to follow due processes. It was agreed that CETAG’s strike is an ongoing national concern, particularly in the few past days .
The minister disclosed CETAG had called off its strike action and informed that, it was the responsibility of the Fair wages and salaries commission to negotiate on the conditions of service for lectures and teachers in the various institutions in Ghana,the ministry only bound comply with commissions directive. The directive periodically evaluates all claims, procedures and guidelines to ensure that they comply with regulations and regulations and align with best practices nationally. NUGS expressed concerns over the delay with which some of these important issues were treated to and charged government to expedite action in such matters.
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The minister thanked the leadership for the visit and reiterated the commitment of the ministry in maintaining a learning environment that is safe and affirms the dignity, respect and values of the academic community.
Signed: Richmond Asare Tinkaro
ENDORSED: kobby Otchere MarfoParagraph
(Press and information Secretary, NUGS)