The Coalition of Concerned University Students (CoCUS) has announced that it will organize a protest against the government for failing to address the continuing UTAG’s strike.
The strike is now in its fourth week, with the possibility of a complete shutdown of all public universities if the government does not find a solution to the standoff immediately.
George Kofi Abuah, the Coalition’s lead convener, told Citi News that the organization will seek the president and other appropriate bodies to intervene in the situation.
“We have acquired all relevant requirements for the demonstration, we have approval from the Regional Command of the Ghana Police Service on our peaceful protest. Hopefully, by tomorrow [Tuesday] midnight, key details regarding the intended demonstration will be concluded by the close of the day and communicated. But for now, we are sure it will be held this week,” Kofi Abuah said.
“We already pleaded with the government to intervene. But we still haven’t heard from them. Does the government expect university students who have paid accommodation and school fees at exorbitant prices to sit idle all the while?” he asked.
As the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) strike enters its fourth week, public universities across the country are at risk of being shut down.
UTAG is on strike to seek better working conditions, which university teachers have been fighting for several years.
According to the statutes that govern public universities, if there are no teaching activities for 31 days after academic activities are scheduled to commence, the institution must be closed.
Meanwhile, the National Labour Commission, or NLC, is set to bring a case against UTAG for failing to call off a strike that it had deemed illegal.