A prudent student who means well for his colleagues and country, as the TEIN KNUST President, Mr Theophilus Berchie, ought to know that the management of our Education Systems in Ghana requires very critical attention and not irresponsible PR.
A responsible student must rather call for calm and not panic and despair.
Whilst Government attends to every sectorial need, the approach of strikes must always be the ‘not so immediate option’ because its damage are irreparable, like we know, time wasted can never be regained.
Notwithstanding, students have been the victims at the centre of all the controversies as the popular adage “when two elephants fight, it is the ground that suffers”. Tertiary Students have been on campus for a while without studies. There are no assurances, to students, of an immediate solution to the situation.
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This, therefore, means that every attempt at the impasse between Government and UTAG must critically consider and call for consensus rather than divisiveness.
Yesterday’s press conference led by Master Theophilus Berchie lacked the necessary content, it was divisive in its solutions, wasteful and irresponsibly captured to unnecessary incite students and cause despair, insensitive to the very sensitive issues it sought to address and can only be described as a platform for self-aggrandizement by the TEIN President.
It is a disgrace to TEIN KNUST and the NDC as a possible government-in-waiting. Theophilus Berchie must bow in shame and render an unqualified apology to his colleague students and to TEIN for using their platform for self promotion.
It can be recalled that very recently, The National Labour Commission (NLC) met with Government officials and the National Executive Members of UTAG to resolve the impasse. After the two-hour meeting, Dr Solomon Nunoo, the National President of UTAG, said that though the NLC thought the action as illegal, they advised the Association to sit down with the employer and “talk a little more.” The honorable Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Mr Ignatius Baffuor Awuah also assured, after the meeting, that the Government would act on the guidelines issued by the NLC to resolve the impasse.
It is very irresponsible, after all these engagements, for the TEIN KNUST to conclude that government is not sensitive to resolving the matter with UTAG.
I, therefore, urge students to remain calm as government responsibly addresses and places to rest the uneasy impasse with UTAG.
Nana Yaw Yamoah-TuffourYour friend, your colleague and a Patriot
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