We Have Students At Heart- Prof. Gyampo

The Secretary of the University of Ghana chapter of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UG UTAG), Professor Ransford Gyampo has revealed the interest of students was taken at heart in fashioning the date for the UTAG strike.

In an interview on eyewitness news, Prof. Gyampo indicated that the original date for the strike was rescheduled to cushion students from its impact at the time they were nearing the semester examination.

“The reason why we slated this strike for 10th January was to ensure that the continuing students never came to school so that they will be home while we go ahead with the strike so as not to waste their time. We have been thinking about them. We are not insensitive. We have their interest at heart, it’s just that we feel pushed to the wall”, he submitted.

Prof. Gyampo however assured that “academic calendars are designed by us (lecturers). If it gets disrupted, we can redesign it. When medical doctors go on strike and people die, they are not able to revive human lives. They (the students) won’t die, we can redesign the academic calendar to take care of what may have lost.”

He also noted that it is in the best interest of the students to support the course they are fighting for.

“There are so many of them who are nurturing ambitions. Immediately after level 400, they will join political parties. Everybody is thinking of joining partisan politics because that appears to be the cheapest way of making money. If all our students are going to join partisan politics, who will be in the classroom to produce the nation builders?”, the embattled lecturer quizzed.

Mostly affected by the strike are the first-year foreign students and students coming from distant regions across the country.

Meanwhile, the Student Representative Councils (SRC) of some public universities have reportedly organised study groups for such.

Source: Fuseini

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