Dean of International Programmes and an Associate Professor of Bio-Chemistry at the University of Ghana, Legon, Naa Adamafio has said strikes occur less in Ghanaian universities because the academic staff display high sense of commitment to their institutions.
Adamafio also said timely intervention by Committee of Vice Chancellors in resolving welfare related issues before it gets out of hand was also a means of averting strikes in their universities.
According to the academic Don, African leaders can expose policies and modalities that can make salaries for all lecturers uniformed in tertiary institutions across the Continent, adding that such measures can mitigate incessant industrial action in most tertiary institutions.
She explained that diverse salary scales portend more challenges within the academia which indirectly has its effect on the quality of education.
Adamafio made the observation in Accra, Ghana during an interactive forum with some visiting Nigerian journalists who were on facility tour of some Universities in Ghana.
She clamoured for public based universities to charge high tuition fees as a way of meeting the demand of delivering high quality education.
She said, “To a large extent, I would say that one of the things that have saved Universities here in Ghana were timely intervention of the Committee of Vice Chancellors.
“In situations where there is agitation and there is likely to be trouble they normally intervene and get involved in that negotiation process to forestall trouble and usually they succeed.
“We made sure that no junior workers union can lock up the lecture rooms and prevent lectures, the senior administrators have access to all keys so if the juniors are on strike, it is their right to be on strike but they do not have the right to prevent lectures from going on”.
Adamafio also advocated for high level of transparency and strict implementation of Universities evaluation reports, which she noted would strengthen tertiary institutions academic calendar.
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