The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has given the government a two-week ultimatum to lift its ban on the recruitment of lecturers.

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But addressing a press conference in Accra on Thursday, August 25, 2016, President of UTAG, Harry Agbanu said the number of lecturers approved is not enough and must, therefore, be reviewed.

He said although the new academic year begins in August, the recruitment under the financial clearance, takes effect from November.

“The vacancies that need to be filled by the University of Ghana, as regards all categories of staff stands at 1,200. Technical approval by Public Services Commission provided for 897 workers to be recruited. Surprisingly, financial clearance from the Ministry of Finance gives the university only 238 slots to be filled putting undue pressure on the few lecturers available,” he said.

He believed government must not unnecessarily interfere in the administration of universities but rather allow them to operate in accordance with the Acts under which they were established.

“This is the standard practice all over the world. Why Ghana should be the only exception is difficult to comprehend. It is not proper to continue to stretch the capacities of the few dedicated staff of the universities without concern for their wellbeing,” he said.

UTAG has therefore called on the management of the various tertiary institutions to consider scaling down drastically the number of fresh students for admission this year.

However, the Deputy Minister of Education in charge of Tertiary, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa said government does not envisage any drastic reduction in admission. He said processes are far advanced to ensure the recruitment of over one thousand lecturers who have been given financial clearance.

He insisted that there is no ban on the recruitment of lecturers, and has therefore called on UTAG to make available a list of persons the association feels ought to be engaged for recruitment.