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Government must ensure UTAG receives research allowance by Oct. 21 ~ UTAG warns

The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has urged the Government to ensure that all UTAG Members receive their Book and Research Allowance by the 21st of October to avoid disrupting industrial harmony.

While commending the Parliament of Ghana for passing the National Research Fund Act (Act 1056) and calling for its immediate operationalization, UTAG appealed to the government to allocate 1% of GDP to operationalise the National Research Fund.

UTAG clarifies that the implementation of the Fund should not replace the infamous Book and Research Allowance (BRA), which is a critical component of the conditions of service of the Members of UTAG.

UTAG at its 21st Biennial National Congress held at the University for Development Studies (UDS), Tamale, from the 11th to the 13th of October 2023 under the theme, ‘Labour Unionism and Socioeconomic Transformation in Ghana: Can UTAG be the Pacesetter?’, brought together Delegates from all the 15 traditional public universities in Ghana to discuss the role of UTAG as a central pillar and intellectual hub in providing policy alternatives and shaping public policy discourse through research and advocacy.

UTAG issued the warning in a communiqué signed by its National Secretary, Dr Eliasu Mumuni, and released on Monday, October 16, 2023, says the Free Senior High School (FSHS) policy has led to increased enrolments across our campuses without a corresponding increase in recruitment of Lecturers and infrastructure. Thus, our members are overly stretched and stressed with unacceptable Student to Lecturer ratios.

The discharge of this critical national duty, it is observed, has been fraught with challenges, many of which hit hardest at the core mandate of UTAG Members and their welfare, as well as the overall quality of governance and the socioeconomic well-being of all Ghanaians.

Thus, our members are overly stretched and stressed with unacceptable Student to Lecturer ratios. Following extensive deliberations by Members of the Association on the critical issues and challenges facing the country, congress identified key areas of national importance. It made recommendations for immediate attention and action by the government.


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