Agriculture Colleges in Ashanti 'likely' to close down

| Updated Oct 17, 2017 at 10:29pm



Colleges of Agriculture in the Ashanti region are contemplating whether to close down following an indefinite strike by the students.

The students have been on strike in the past two weeks to protest what they say is government’s failure to restore their monthly allowances despite several requests and actions on the matter.

The Agricultural students want to be included in the restoration of allowances to Teacher and Nurse trainees.

At the Ejura Agric College and Mechanization Centre, the Crops Science and Fisheries Lecturer, David Frimpong, told GBC’s Radio Ghana that the agitated students numbering about 407 first wrote to officially notify the College’s Administration of the plan to embark on an indefinite strike to drum home demands for the restoration of their Allowance.

According to Mr. Frimpong, even though management met the students in an effort to persuade them to back down on their decision, the students did not agree until they eventually left campus leaving only a handful of their colleagues who say going home will place financial burdens on them.

The lecturer said the school still feeds the students on campus noting that those on practical attachment to the Farm Institute in the Central region have also left for home.

The story was no different at the Kwadaso Agric College in Kumasi where almost all the 400 fresh and continuing students have also boycotted academic work and left for home.

A source close to the school told GBC’s Radio Ghana that only top-up students are going about their normal academic activities on campus.

GBC’s Radio Ghana also gathered that the prevailing situation has left managers of the various Agric Colleges undecided on whether to close down the institutions even though the staff are all at post and ready to work.