The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), has warned that they may be compelled to push managements of public universities to reduce student intake if government does not allow the universities to recruit the required technical staff.
UTAG in February issued a March 2016 ultimatum to government, to stop the migration of teachers in public universities onto the Integrated Personnel Payroll Database platform.
They also demanded Government stops interfering with the universities’ personnel recruitment processes. UTAG’s National President, Dr. Harry Agbanu, indicated that although government had initiated steps to address their concerns.
He says they still believe that the recruitment of staff to the Universities must not be government’s responsibility. Speaking to Citi News, Dr. Agbanu said, “Some have been given clearance to do the recruitment but we are not happy with the processes.
In fact, recruitment to the University should not be in the hands of the government.” UTAG says there is too much workload on its members since the financial clearance by government for recruitment takes “forever”.
“The government is insisting that they have to seek financial clearance and it is taking forever for this clearance to be given so a lot of courses are being put on hold because we don’t have the human resources to mount them and those that we are mounting, there is pressure on us.”
In view of the increasing workload, UTAG has said they will insist university authorities cut down the intake of students if government continues to interfere in the recruitment process.
“If government insists on doing some of these things and will not allow the universities to recruit, then we are going to prevail on our management to cut down on admission this academic year.” –