The Association of Senior Administrators of Technical Universities of Ghana (TUSAAG), headed by its President, Edem Honu, met with the Director General of the Ghana Higher Education Commission (GTEC), Professor Mohammed Salifu on several issues. regarding their service plan. .
The president of TUSAAG raised concerns about the lack of terms of service since their conversion of polytechnics to technical universities and the inconsistencies in their service pattern compared to that of their colleagues in public universities.
Mr. Honu underlined the issue of performing the duties and paying appropriate compensation to people acting as interim when qualified people are not in place.
In his response, Professor Mohammed Salifu said that there is no single document for the terms of service for all public universities since the central government is responsible for some aspects while others are taken care of by the various institutions of internally generated funds.
He also indicated that technical universities and public universities received the same market premium as well as the book and research allowance.
Regarding the service plan, the director general of GTEC said some issues had been flagged for resolution and urged TUSAAG management to bring out the inconsistencies for deliberation.
Regarding the payment of allowances to people exercising an interim function, the boss of the Higher Education Commission replied by saying that the GTEC could not delve into the details of the performance of functions because of the variations in each establishment.
Therefore, he will take care of basic functions and has in principle had no problem with appointments at departmental level.
Prof. Salifu encouraged TUSAAG to engage with the Vice Chancellors of Technical Universities of Ghana (VCTUG) on the policy of rapid promotion management.
TUSAAG also requested clarification as to why non-teaching staff did not get pension contracts like their teaching counterparts and it was explained that this had become necessary due to the student-to-staff ratio (SSR) issue. which was a general deficit in education, bad research results on the continent and in some priority areas such as STEM.
The meeting was attended by Theresa Ebadzer, National Vice President, Isaac Owusu Ansah, KsTU Local President, Dominic Ampah, ATU Local President, James Bayenteyea, KTU Local Vice President, Fausta Kilian Gavaa, Vice President local ATU and Joseph Mensah Asirifi, local president of the TTU.