Kumasi Poly Students Demonstrate
6/7/2012 1:02:02 PM -
Hundreds of students of the Kumasi Polytechnic Wednesday staged a demonstration in the Ashanti Regional capital to protest the delay in resolving the strike action by their lecturers.
They said the strike action had seriously affected academic work and that the situation could get even worst if it was not addressed immediately.
The students warned that if the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) and the government failed to dialogue with the lecturers to resolve their differences within one week, then, the students would continue with their protests and would not even mind going naked to press home their demand.
By 7am, scores of the students had gathered at the campus from where they marched through some of the streets of the city and ended up at the offices of the Regional Co-ordinating Council(RCC), where they presented their resolution to the government through the regional minister.
They carried placards some of which read, “We are tired of the strike,” Mr President pay attention to our future, “ and “There cannot be a Better Ghana without quality education.”
In the resolution, the students said they were deeply concerned about the future because it appeared there were no indications to the resolution of the issue.
They did not understand why the government always moved quickly to address the concerns of university lecturers any time they went on strike, but when it came to polytechnic lecturers the same attention was not extended to them.
According to the students the dislocation of the academic calendar especially at the time they were expected to write their examinations was a disincentive to the educational development of the institution.
The Regional Minister, Dr Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah, was not present to receive the petition but one senior official of the RCC who received it on his behalf promised to deliver it to the minister.