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Students to demonstrate in solidarity with lecturers

14 Oct
Students to demonstrate in solidarity with lecturers

Polytechnic StudentsPolytechnic students nationwide have resolved to hit the streets in protest against government’s posture towards salary concerns raised by polytechnic teachers.

The Polytechnic teachers declared an industrial action on Monday October 4, to demonstrate against what they call poor conditions of service with regards to salary reviews.

Before the strike, the teachers had engaged in negotiations with the National Labour and Fair Wages and Salaries Commissions which they say come to naught.

The students say their demonstration scheduled for Tuesday October 19, is to press home their right to education which is being denied.

Coordinating Secretary of the Ghana Nation Polytechnic Students Association, GNUPS, Abram Antobreh told Citi News the demonstration will take place concurrently in all ten regions.

He said it is to signal government that polytechnic students are fed up with the absence of their lecturers from the classroom.

Abram Antobreh said GNUPS expects government to heed to their call or the nation will experience an unprecedented street protest from the students.

“We have sent letters to all ten Regional Police Commanders so the demonstration will take place concurrently in all the regional capitals. If we go on Tuesday (October 19) and give an ultimatum of seven days and the Government does not listen, we will hit the street every single day something that may not have happened before. And it will get to a time we would be joined by our mothers on the markets and all Ghanaians to demonstrate because how do you explain that for about two weeks, the major tertiary institutions in the country are almost closed down because nothing is happening.

“I don’t know how Government is going to explain to Ghanaians why a University and polytechnics are almost closed down because lecturers are on strike. I think the Government is too slow and insensitive to the plight of students and we would want to sound that caution to him (The President) on Tuesday” he said.

 

 

Source:Citifmonline

 

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