Regional News of 2014-07-23

Deputy Education Minister to meet with POTAG on strike

The Deputy Minister of Education in-charge of Tertiary Education, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, will meet the leadership of the Polytechnic Teachers Association of Ghana (POTAG) on Thursday in a bid to find a solution to end the Association’s two-month-old strike.

Polytechnic teachers have been on strike since May, in protest of the “unwillingness on the part of government to pay their Book and Research Allowance” for the 2013/2014 academic year.

POTAG, on Tuesday, met with members of the Parliamentary Select Committee to deliberate on the issue.

The President of POTAG, James Dugura, told Citi News that some headway has been made after the “peaceful and healthy” meeting with the Select Committee following previous unfruitful attempts to end the strike.

He admitted that the dispute would not be resolved until after further interactions with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Finance and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission after the Committee had briefed them.

However, he stated that he was hopeful a favourable decision would be made in due course.

“From the previous meetings we have been holding concerning this issue, this one was very different, and POTAG was very happy about it,” Mr. Dugura said.

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