Principals of the Colleges of Education are hopeful that the College of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG), will call off its strike in an upcoming meeting with the National Labour Commission (NLC) on Wednesday.
President of the Principals’ Conference (PRINCOF), Prof Samuel Atintono, who is leading this effort said they have been working behind the scenes to convince the teachers to end the strike.
“As I speak to you, there are all efforts to resolve the issue on Wednesday. CETAG and NLC together with the Ministry of Education are going to meet on the issue and we are positive that it will be resolved by Wednesday,” he stated.
In response to whether the colleges should be closed or not, he said such a decision is not within the PRINCOF’s purview.
According to him, the closure decision ought to be taken by the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) and the government.
On August 1, 2023, CETAG embarked on an indefinite strike to push the government to redeem its promise of implementing its negotiated conditions of service.
Their decision follows the non-compliance of the government to implement the National Labour Commission’s (NLC) Arbitral Award Orders and the negotiated conditions of service since May 2, 2023.
CETAG’s action caused an interruption in activities at the colleges.
Even with the Ministry of Education halting their August salaries, the teachers remain resolute.
CETAG’s President, Prince Obeng Hemah says the strike will continue unabated.
“We simply got pushed to our limit… this wouldn’t coerce us into submission, this will rather embolden us into action. We are not calling off the strike today, tomorrow. Let them sack or imprison us, posterity will come and enjoy,” he said.