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Asking teachers to resign over poor conditions of service is ‘foolish talk’ – Ransford Gyampo

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A senior lecturer at the University of Ghana, Professor Ransford Gyampo has reacted to a statement by the Head of Public Affairs at the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC), to the effect that unhappy teachers should drop their tools and resign from their jobs.

Speaking on 3FM on Thursday, Mr. Ankrah said members of the University Teachers Association (UTAG), who are currently on strike, cannot continue with the industrial action if they want to enter into meaningful negotiations towards an amicable resolution of the issue.

According to Mr. Ankrah, if the disgruntled teachers are unhappy with their working conditions of service, they should resign from their works.

“You cannot negotiate while you’re on strike so they must call off the strike before they can engage. That is what the Labour Commission will
recommend per the law. If the employee is not happy with anything, the best thing is to resign”, Mr. Laryea said.

Responding to this in a Facebook post, Professor Gyampo indicated that, “telling teachers that if they aren’t happy with their conditions of service, they should resign, is the most foolish talk that can only proceed from the buccal cavity of a small-minded person who couldn’t fully benefit from formal education”.

“…this has nothing to do with taking a position against the government or being in bed with the opposition. It has everything to do with articulating and projecting and fighting for better conditions of service for our members”, Prof Gyampo stated