Private Universities Students Association Ghana (PUSAG) has applauded the twelve Labour Unions for their decision to end the strike despite the fact that government has not met their demands.
In a communiqué signed by its President, Mohammed Adams Sukparu, PUSAG stated that: “Notwithstanding the decision, we whole-hardheartedly praise and respect the decision of our dear teachers coming back to continue developing our intellectual credentials in the class room”.
For over two weeks, the Member unions of the Forum for Public Sector Registered Pension Schemes, which comprised of the 12 Labour Unions agitated over issues concerning their tier-two pension funds.
The decision to call off the strike is in response to an injunction granted by the Industrial and Labour Division of the Accra High Court restraining the nine unions from continuing with their indefinite strike.
Nonetheless, PUSAG is delighted at the return of teachers to the lecture theaters.
Below is the full statement.
APPRECIATION NOTE FROM PRIVATE UNIVERSITIES STUDENTS ASSOCIATION, GHANA (PUSAG) TO NATIONAL LABOR UNIONS
The importance of the good and quality education in every nation cannot be overlooked. The competence of the products of education can only attest to the degree of the relevance and contributions of the educational structure in a country. This explains the need for absolute attention to the needs of teachers and other educational personnel.
Firstly, we commend the Twelve (12) National Labor Unions for their decision to call off the strike with the aim of hearing from the government soon. Notwithstanding the decision, we whole-heartedly praise and respect the decision of our dear teachers coming back to continue developing our intellectual credentials in the class room. We believe that it was a strong decision to move in this light but it's all in the pursuit to help build and re-engineer the educational architecture.
The Private Universities Students Association of Ghana sees an undying reason for us to build and sustain a good intellectual property and that is the reason why we have every stakeholder that contribute to a better education agenda at heart. Although, there may not be any direct connection but we believe that our contemporaries in the public institutions deserve exactly what they are due.
We develop butterflies in our stomachs because the future of Ghana rests on our shoulders irrespective of our educational, cultural or socio-economic background, hence the need for the worries of teachers being on strike. Our respect for teachers is totally explained in few sentences in Aristotle's quote "those who educate children well are more honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well"
PUSAG hope the National Labor Unions and the government will settle the issue at hand quickly in order to help hasten economic activities which significantly contribute to the GDP of Ghana.
Apparently, there are enormous structures and flaws that are retarding the growth and development of the economy and we pray the long duration of the current attention of tier 2 pension fund does not end up being a whip cream on the stagnating national cake.
Long live Ghana.
Mohammed Adams Sukparu
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