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Lecturers of the various colleges of Education have been on strike for almost two months now over market premium.

The Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG) is also demanding book and research allowance on the same scale with their colleagues in the universities since they have also been converted.

Speaking in an interview with sit-in host of Peace FM morning show 'Kokrokoo', Nana Yaw Kesse, Wednesday, Ebenezer Arthur Bonney, Central and Western Regional Chairman of CETAG insisted that the lecturers will not back down on their demands.

He said "after conversion into tertiary status by an act of parliament, every lecturer was entitled to all the benefits received by our colleagues in the universities but that is not the case and we feel we are not being treated fairly"

On the otherhand, government has described their action as 'bad faith' and 'illegal'.

Ekwow Vincent Assafuah, PRO of the Ministry of Education speaking on the same platform, said the institutions are likely to be closed down if the lecturers still refuse to go back to work.

According to him, "they are being unreasonable in their demands and again they are acting in bad faith. There has been a massive commitment on the party of government to resolve this issue"

He further urged the tutors to return to the negotiation table for their concerns to be addressed "because if care is not taken, there will be imminent closure of the school which will not inure to the benefit of anybody. The media, students and others should call on CETAG to be reasonable in their demands because we cannot pay you in a vacuum"
Source: Rebecca Addo Tetteh/Peacefmonline.com

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