NUGS Threatens Nationwide Demonstration against Colleges of Education Closure
By: Philip Tengzu
The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) has issued a stern warning to the government to, as a matter of urgency, restore colleges of education to their normal state for smooth academic activities to strive, or face the wrath of the union.
It had threatened to embark on a nationwide demonstration in solidarity of the students of these institutions who were sitting in the house after an indefinite closure of all public colleges of Education in the country last Saturday.
The National NUGS President, Mr. Gombilla Sadiq Mohammed, who gave the warning in an interview with Mak News in Nadowli on Monday, stated that the future of the students at these institutions were in jeopardy as it was unclear when academic activities would resume.
He urged the government to meet the demands of the lecturers of the colleges of education to enable them to return to the classrooms to help avert any unforeseen circumstances that might occur as a result of the closure of these institutions.
He explained that NUGS would not relent on its efforts to fight for the interest of the Ghanaian students.
Mr. Gombilla also lamented that the restoration of the teachers and nurses training allowance which was promised by the New Patriotic Party in its 2016 manifesto had become a mirage as students in those institutions were wallowing in agony without allowances for several months.
He also expressed concern over the government’s decision to link the free senior high school programme to the taxpayer identification Number (TIN) where children whose parents did not have the TIN would not benefit from the programme.
He questioned whether the president was running the country as monarchical state and said the president was sabotaging innocent people in the country with his entrenched decisions and actions without recourse to the interest of the common Ghanaian.
Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG) went on strike in October 2018 after three months of unsuccessful negotiations with the government to have their concerns addressed.
This action by CETAG had affected all 46 public colleges of education in the country leading to their closure.