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The Dean of the University of Ghana Business School, Prof. Justice Bawole, has asserted that if efforts are not made to improve the conditions of service of people in academia, the educational sector may soon have a challenge with personnel.
Prof. Bawole disclosed that, already, a lot of lecturers are beginning to chase more lucrative job opportunities outside the classroom, and
that would affect education in the country in a long run.
“Several people are leaving on a daily basis. If you want to know, check how many professors have left the university and joined the government, or gone to parliament or taken up positions in state-owned enterprises.”
He emphasized that “the story is not good. The most difficult part of it is that the government actually gives us quotas on how many people to
recruit per year. So, if I, as a dean, recruit people this year and I get people exiting I’m not allowed to replace them. So, then it bites me so hard.”
Strikes and threats of industrial actions have become an annual tradition from the various teacher unions in Ghana as they always call
for improved remunerations and others.
The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) and the Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG) are currently on strike over similar concerns.
This hampers teaching and learning, a situation students across the country have consistently raised concerns over.