A strike by lecturers of the Ghana Technology University College has left students frustrated. The students were expected to start their end of semester examination today, but found themselves stranded in their various lecture halls, following the decision by their lecturers to lay down their tools.
The lecturers embarked on the action last week over unpaid salary arrears.
The students have expressed concerns that the strike could negatively affect the conduct of the exams itself or the grading of their papers by the frustrated lecturers.
One of the agitated students said: “I think they should sort out the lecturers first because if they don’t do that and we should write exams, they can decide not to mark our papers or they can decide to do everything to make us fail and then resit. If we are resitting too we have to pay.”
Another student described the strike as an “impromptu decision” expressing his dismay at the distance he would have to travel back home if the exams are cancelled.
“I stay very far so going back is a bit of a hustle for me,” he said.
Meanwhile, management of GTUC says it is hopeful the strike will be called off soon.
The Vice President of the university, Professor Abeiku Blankson, said he expects a meeting with the faculty to yield positive results.
“My understanding now is that the leadership is calling a meeting to decide on what to do because the leaders are not calling off the strike so the entire faculty has to meet to do that so that it is resolved. We also met with key stakeholders and decided to reschedule the exam so that it favors the students. We did not want to be agitated.”