A coalition Presidents of Poly Tertiary Education Institutions Network, has called on the Government to carefully address the needs of Polytechnic Teachers Association (POTAG)
According to them, based on the conviction that government would indeed fulfill her promise of settling all disputes bedeviling the nation’s labour front, and having followed with keen interest the commitment to improving the quality of education demonstrated by government so far, we, members of the Coalition of Presidents of TEIN in all the 10 Polytechnics in Ghana wish to plead with the members of Polytechnic Teachers Association of Ghana (POTAG) to reconsider their decision and soften their stance so as to return to the classroom while they continue to dialogue with government.
This was contained in a statement signed by the following: Prince Appiah Eyison
David Lagble and Mills Angel Michael in Accra.
The statement said though, “POTAG sees the current action as the best alternative to drive home their demand, we feel it is extremely important for our lecturers to equally consider the very serious consequences and eventual collapse of the Polytechnic calendar as a result of their continuous stay out of the lecture halls will have on students, on their own work as lecturers, on polytechnic education in general and on the nation at large”.
The statement added “we are very much aware of the many challenges members of Polytechnic Teachers Association of Ghana (POTAG) have had to battle with in the performance of their duties as lecturers over the years and appreciate the commitment and the dedication with which they have executed their duties in the face of all these challenges. However, having followed recent developments and the debate on this issue, we strongly believe that both Polytechnic Teachers Association of Ghana (POTAG) and government should find an agreeable middle ground and put the matters to rest”.
The statement noted that members of the Coalition see the current impasse as a national challenge and therefore call on all well-meaning Ghanaians to join in our appeal to our lecturers to soften their stance and return to the lecture halls while negotiations still continues.
The group further urged government to speed up discussions with POTAG so that their concerns could be addressed in the best interest of polytechnic education in Ghana.
The statement entreated all Polytechnics students to be circumspect in wading into the current impasse between Polytechnic Teachers Association of Ghana (POTAG) and the government of Ghana. We further crave the indulgence of any group of students planning to stage public protests supporting one side against the other to reconsider their motives and such actions in other not to create further bottlenecks in the on-going process.
As students we must acknowledge that such unrests always have more damaging consequences on us as students than any of the parties involved. We must therefore be seen to be working for a peaceful settlement of the issues rather than taking sides and stoking the fires in the process.