Spare Retired Lectureres – They Are Like Old Wine

The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) is kicking against a new policy targeting post retirement lecturers in all public Universities. Under the new directive all lecturers on post-retirement contract on the payroll of government must be removed..

UTAG president, Eric Opoku Mensah, says the move will deny public Universities across the country experienced brains that will keep the academia functioning efficiently and effectively.

Dr Opoku Mensah who was speaking at UTAG’s national forum on education at Elmina in the Central Region, said the continuous contract extension is a contributory factor to the graduate unemployment because persons who have attained retirement age and ought to give way continue to renew their contracts.

His comments follow complaints by the Auditor General Daniel Domelevo that public officers who should be on retirement keep renewing their contracts thereby choking the system.

But UTAG president is convinced allowing retirees few more years in service will rather help the universities. He said…….
“Lectures are wine the older they get, the better they become. If this directive is carried out by 31 October 2018, then those that will be affected are the finest in our universities,” the UTAG president said.

Eric Opoku Mensah insists the policy poses a great danger to university education in the country.