Ongoing Educational Sector Strike: KNUST Basic School Closes Down; Impact of Industrial Action Widens

The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has officially announced the closure of its basic school in response to the ongoing industrial action within the educational sector. The decision, effective from Tuesday, January 30, 2024, until further notice, follows a declaration of a strike by several unions, including the Teachers and Educational Workers’ Union of the Trades Union Congress (TEWU-TUC), the Senior Staff Association – Universities of Ghana (SSA-UG), and the Ghana Association of University Administrators (GAUA).

In an official statement released by the University Registrar, A. K. Boateng, the closure of the KNUST Basic Schools is a proactive measure taken by the university administration amid the ongoing labour dispute. The primary objective is to ensure the safety and well-being of students and staff during this period of uncertainty.

The industrial action initiated by the unions has created widespread uncertainty within the education sector, with demands encompassing improved working conditions and salary adjustments. The closure of the KNUST Basic School contributes to the growing list of educational institutions affected by the labour dispute, raising concerns about the continuity of academic activities and the welfare of students.

The University Relations Officer of KNUST, Dr. Daniel Norris Bekoe, emphasized the detrimental impact of the strike on the university’s workflow. He stressed the urgency of engaging relevant stakeholders to address the grievances outlined by the unions and find mutually beneficial solutions.

The closure presents a challenge for parents and guardians who may now need to make alternative arrangements for the education of their children during this period. As the standoff between the unions and the government persists, stakeholders express hope for a swift resolution to ensure the uninterrupted delivery of quality education across Ghana’s educational institutions.

Proactive measures and constructive dialogue are deemed essential for maintaining the smooth functioning of the university and fostering a conducive environment for all stakeholders involved.