TUTAG calls for national campaign on Coronavirus

Technical University Teachers’ Association of Ghana (TUTAG) is advocating for a national campaign on preventive measures and symptoms of the deadly Coronavirus.

In a communique issued at the end of the 38th TUTAG National Congress held at Tamale Technical University, TUTAG stated that ” it is concerned with the current situation regarding the spread of the COVID-19 (Corona Virus) outbreak in many parts of the globe. Much us our hearts are with our brothers and sisters in China and other countries who are under the direct threat of the virus, we wish to call on the Government of Ghana through the Ministry of Health to immediately announce specific measures it has put in place to prevent, detect and contain the virus in the unexpected event of its coming into Ghana.”

“By this time, TUTAG was expecting the Ghana Health Service, the Information Services Department and other related agencies to have rolled out a national campaign on preventive measures, symptoms of the virus and reporting protocols upon suspicion of same”. The statement added.

TUTAG has also called on the government to provide adequate resources to personnel at the country’s entry points to help in the fight against the coronavirus and guarantee the total safety of Ghanaians.

Below is the full statement of TUTAG

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF 38TH TUTAG NATIONAL CONGRESS HELD AT TAMALE TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY

Introduction
At our 38th National Delegates Congress under the theme “Developing Technical / Vocational Education with Industry-led Applied Science and Business Programs for Total Development of Ghana; the Nexus”, we hereby communicate to the Government and the people of Ghana as follows;

  1. Migration of Senior Members of TU’s unto the Public Universities Salary Structure – PUSS.

We are glad to announce that, members of our Association have successfully been migrated onto the PUSS though there still exist some issues of inconsistencies and infractions to be resolved. We shall continue to engage Government on the inevitable challenges and pursue them to bring to reality the Government’s pledge of “Parity of Prestige” as soon as possible. TUTAG however wishes to express our heartfelt gratitude to Government of Ghana and her agencies i.e. Ministry of Education, Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, Ministry of Finance, the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission, the National Council for Tertiary Education and the National Labour Commission for the roles they have played throughout the struggles. To our Students and the general public, we are grateful for your support throughout the period.

  1. Conversion of Wa and Bolgatanga Polytechnics into Technical Universities.

Government has indicated its intention to convert these two remaining Polytechnics into Technical Universities by the end of the first quarter of 2020. We are glad that though the process was long, we are finally seeing the end of it. Wa and Bolgatanga Polytechnics as well as the entire Technical University fraternity is prepared to welcome Government’s team to our noble campuses for the grand conversion ceremony by the end of 1st quarter this year.

  1. Readiness of TUTAG for admission of the 1st Batch of Students from the Free Senior High School Program.

As partners in the development of our country’s human capital, Technical Universities have remained consistent with our support for Government Policies that have proved to be in the interest of our future growth.

TUTAG wishes to again assure Government and the people of Ghana of its preparedness and readiness to receive the expected large number of students to be admitted into the Technical Universities from the Free SHS Policy for the 2020/2021 academic year. TUTAG will continue to support the policy and all other efforts by Government to make the Free SHS program a complete success.

  1. Health Alert in relation to the COVID-19 epidemic.

TUTAG is concerned with the current situation regarding the spread of the COVID-19 (Corona Virus) outbreak in many parts of the globe. Much us our hearts are with our brothers and sisters in China and other countries who are under the direct threat of the virus, we wish to call on the Government of Ghana through the Ministry of Health to immediately announce specific measures it has put in place to prevent, detect and contain the virus in the unexpected event of its coming into Ghana. By this time, TUTAG was expecting the Ghana Health Service, the Information Services Department and other related agencies to have rolled out a national campaign on preventive measures, symptoms of the virus and reporting protocols upon suspicion of same. As it is in many countries, personnel at our entry points must be adequately resourced to help in our fight against the epidemic and guarantee the total safety of citizens. While we trust in the ability of Ministry of Foreign Affairs in ensuring the safety of our students studying in China and elsewhere, we urge Government to intensify its efforts to safeguard the safety of our dear citizens in the affected countries.

Dr. Solomon A. Keelson
National President

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