15 June 2012

Ghana: Kumasi Poly Closed Down

Kumasi — THE NEVER ending tango between the Government and the leadership of the Polytechnic Teachers Association of Ghana(POTAG) over the latter's migration onto the Single Spine Salary Structure (SSSS) has compelled authorities of the Kumasi Polytechnic to close down the school indefinitely.

The Executive Council of the school, The Chronicle gathered, took the decision to close down the school after a meeting on Wednesday, in line with directives which mandate authority of state educational institutions to close down in the absence of academic activities within a 21-day period.

Students of the school have been asked to vacate campus until further notice, as the strike action by the Polytechnic teachers enters the fourth successive week. Members of POTAG insist on their earlier position that unless every single pesewa of the over 30-month arrears owed them is deposited in their bank accounts; they will never set foot in the classroom.

The teachers have subsequently suspended three most important activities including teaching, supervision and invigilation of examinations. The situation, therefore, means that students, including final year students, can not take their end of year semester examinations.

An earlier decision by management of Kumasi Polytechnic to seek the assistance of external invigilators to assist in the end of semester examinations was rescinded, after members of POTAG threatened not to mark the exams papers.

The Rector of the school, Prof. Nsowaa Nuamah contends that given the current circumstances which the students are going through, the management was left with no choice but to close down and allow the students to go home.

He, however, pointed out that special arrangement will be made for final year students to write their exams at the least opportunity, whilst second year students would also be allowed to embark on their industrial attachment in order not to disrupt the academic calendar.

When The Chronicle visited the premise of Kumasi Polytechnic yesterday morning, faces of few students left on campus epitomized the trauma and frustration they were going through as a result of the industrial strike.

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