ATU Management calls bluff of lecturers

The management of the Accra Technical University (ATU), formerly Accra Polytechnic, has called the bluff of the Local Executive of the university, as it has refused to heed to calls to fix basic teaching and learning facilities in the university.

The Republic gathered that the university is facing basic challenges that are not beyond the Internally Generated Fund (IGF) of the university, but the management will not do it, until the government comes to provide these facilities.

According to the chairman of the Local Executive of ATU, Dr. Jones Adjei Ntiamoah, they have notified the management of the university on September 4, this year, to provide the school facilities, such as students’ desks, public address systems and projectors, failing which members will withdraw all academic services by September 18, 2017, but management called their bluff and has refused to fix these facilities.

At a press briefing in Accra yesterday, the chairman explained that the lecture-halls are in very appalling condition, and also the student numbers in the ATU now far outnumber furniture provision in the lecture-halls.

Dr. Ntiamoah further asserted that the lecturers have no seats in the lecture-halls to even place their laptops, and students have to carry desks from one lecture-hall to another due to inadequate desks in the university.

In addition, he said, lecturers have to shout on top of their voice to reach very large class audiences because of few public address systems in lecture-halls.

By this, he said it impedes serious effective teaching and learning at the university, and it appears the management is insensitive about the situation.

Dr. Ntiamoah said they are temporarily holding on with lectures, until the management maintains its stand not to fix the aforementioned facilities, then the real strike action will follow.

Some of the students who spoke with this paper said among other things that even their washrooms look like those of public ones that have no one to maintain them.




Source: Delali A. Awuyeh



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