Government reacts to UTAG's threat to strike and says it owes lecturers no allowances

| Updated Jan 24, 2017 at 8:00am



Government says despite economic challenges, significant progress has been made in many sectors. One of such is the education sector.

Speaking at the Meet the Press series in Accra, the Deputy Minister of Information, Felix Kwakye Ofosu said government over the past four years has distributed more than one hundred million exercise books to basic school pupils under the free exercise book intervention.

Also, 12.5 million mathematics, Science and English core text books have been distributed.

This Mr Kwakye Ofosu said has made the country exceed the Universal text book to pupil ratio of three text books per pupil.

He noted that formally the text book to pupil ratio stood at one text book to three pupils.

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Education, Samuel Okudzeto-Ablakwa says the government does not owe salaries and allowances of lecturers and as result the threatened strike by the University Teachers Association of Ghana, UTAG, is unfortunate.

He said the Book and Research Allowance is not outstanding since the standard practice is that payment is made in September.

Mr. Okudzeto-Ablakwa was reacting to a question about the proposed strike by UTAG at a news conference in Accra.