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TaTU End of Semester Examinations Halted as TUTAG Goes on Strike Demanding Implementation of End of Service Benefits

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Tamale Technical University (TaTU) students were left disappointed after their end-of-semester exams came to an abrupt end on Wednesday, May 10, 2023. The university’s branch of the Technical University Teachers Association of Ghana (TUTAG) declared a sit-down strike demanding the implementation of the end-of-service benefit for teachers as approved in August 2021.

The teachers are also demanding the payment of all delayed allowances, including internally generated fund-related allowances. TUTAG’s Vice Chairman, Dr. Abdul-Malik Bawah, spoke to the media in Tamale and stated that teachers had withdrawn all services, including teaching, conducting end-of-semester examinations, marking scripts, and other academic-related work until management honours the agreement and begins implementation.

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Over six thousand students who were offering Degree, HND, Diploma and Intermediate programmes have been affected by the strike. Some students who showed up to school today to write their last papers were left disappointed as their teachers did not turn up to serve them examination papers. As a result, the students later converged at the administration block of the school to protest against the treatment.

TUTAG’s Dr. Abdul-Malik Bawah also revealed that TUTAG is considering legal action against the University if management proceeds to implement the end of service benefit using any other formula other than the approved formula in their conditions of service.

The Public Affairs Director of the University, Osman Mubarik Abu, however, assured the students that management is working with TUTAG to address their concerns and bring the strike to an end to allow examinations to resume.

It is important for students to understand that the teachers’ demands are valid, and they have every right to demand for their benefits. However, it is also unfortunate that the students have to suffer as a result of the strike. For the most part, students rely on their teachers to teach and guide them through their academic journey. It is therefore important for management to address the concerns of TUTAG and ensure that the strike is brought to an end as soon as possible to enable students to continue with their studies.

In a nutshell, the strike by TUTAG should be resolved amicably by all parties involved to avoid any prolonged disruption to students’ academic journey.

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