Colleges Of Education Likely To Be Closed Down
The leadership of CETAG has issued a press statement indicating that from September 1 – October 10 2022 all members belonging to the association will go on mandatory annual leave for the 2021/2022 academic year.
In the press release dated August 30, 2022, the Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG) issued a letter pledging their strike action which was based on the government’s inability to settle their ”conditions of service.”
An extract from the 30th August 2022 release from CETAG reads:
”The decision to take the mandatory annual leave is also supported by sections 20(1) & 31 of the Labour Act, 2003 (Act 651). We wish to indicate that the purpose for proceeding on the mandatory annual leave is to ensure that members take adequate off-season rest to safeguard their health and improve productivity after they leave.”
The leadership assured its members that within the twenty-eight (28) working days of annual leave, it shall avail herself of any engagement that the FWSC would initiate to bring finality to the 2021 CoS negotiations.
The government’s failure to pay attention to the demands of the Tutors of Colleges of Education has led the association to go on strike in January 2022 due to the same issue unfolding currently in August.
The struggle between CETAG and the government is due to their ”conditions of service” which included their demand for unconditional extension of the parallel rate of generic and research allowances paid to analogous tertiary institutions to the academic staff of the Colleges of Education and compensation package to tutors for the all-year-round academic work.”
In CETAG’s previous official letter issued by their leadership, they made it point blank that
“If by 31st August 2022, the government has not given us our conditions of service which include our demand for unconditional extension of the parallel rate of generic and research allowances paid to analogous tertiary institutions to the academic staff of the Colleges of Education and compensation package to tutors for the all-year-round academic work,
”all members of CETAG across the 46 public colleges of education shall strongly advise ourselves.”