July 18th , 2024



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On the reopening week of Colleges of Education across Ghana, the Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG) declared an indefinite strike. This move has had a significant impact on students, particularly those at St John Bosco's College, affectionately known as the Triumphant College of Choice. In a recent interview with A 1 Radio, 101.1 FM in Bolgatanga, the SRC President of the college, His Excellency Awine Samuel Asampana, discussed the profound effects of the strike on the student body and urged the government to take swift action to resolve the issue.

The Immediate Impact of the Strike

For many students, the strike came as a shock. Those traveling from distant parts of the country, such as Accra, Kumasi, and other southern regions, faced the arduous journey to campus only to find that their tutors were on strike. This disruption not only affected their academic schedules but also posed significant logistical and financial burdens. Students who had spent money on travel, accommodation, and other necessities suddenly found themselves in a state of uncertainty.

"Imagine the frustration," remarked one student who had traveled from Accra. "We made all these plans, prepared ourselves mentally and financially for the new academic year, only to be met with a strike. It feels like we've been left in limbo."

The Student Perspective

The sentiment shared by the student from Accra was echoed by many others across the campus. The willingness of students to commence academic activities was palpable, yet they found themselves caught in a tug-of-war between CETAG and the government. This situation has left students feeling powerless and frustrated, as their educational progress is stalled by factors beyond their control.

"We are ready to learn, we want to start our classes and continue our education," said another student from Kumasi. "But the strike is holding us back. It's not fair that we have to suffer because of disagreements that we have no part in."

 The Role of CETAG and the Government

CETAG's decision to go on strike was not made lightly. The association has longstanding grievances related to conditions of service, remuneration, and other issues that they feel the government has not adequately addressed. Their strike is a means of drawing attention to these issues and pushing for a resolution.

However, the impact on students cannot be overlooked. The indefinite nature of the strike adds a layer of uncertainty, leaving students and their families anxious about the future. His Excellency Awine Samuel Asampana, the SRC President, highlighted these concerns in his interview with A 1 Radio.

"Our students are caught in the middle of this dispute," he stated. We understand the concerns of our tutors and respect their right to advocate for better conditions, but the prolonged strike is detrimental to our academic progress and overall well-being.

 The Call for Action

In his engagement with A 1 Radio, His Excellency Awine Samuel Asampana made a passionate appeal to the government to address the issues raised by CETAG and find a resolution that would allow academic activities to resume.

"We are urging the government to sit down with CETAG and come to an agreement as soon as possible," he said. The future of our education depends on it. We cannot afford to lose more time, especially given the disruptions we have already faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Broader Implications

The strike at St John Bosco's College is not an isolated incident; it is a reflection of a broader issue affecting Colleges of Education across Ghana. The tension between CETAG and the government has been a recurring theme, with previous strikes and negotiations setting a precedent for the current situation. The ongoing dispute highlights systemic issues within the educational sector that require comprehensive and sustainable solutions.

 The Financial Strain

The financial implications of the strike are also a major concern. Many students have budgeted their funds to cover the academic year, and any delays can lead to significant financial strain. For those coming from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, the strike exacerbates an already challenging situation.

Mental Health and Well-being

Beyond the financial and logistical challenges, the strike is also taking a toll on the mental health and well-being of students. The stress of not knowing when classes will resume, coupled with the disappointment of disrupted plans, is affecting students' morale. "It's hard to stay motivated when you don't know what's going to happen next", he further stated.

The Need for Dialogue and Resolution

 Prolonged strikes not only disrupt academic schedules but also undermine the trust and stability necessary for a thriving educational environment. Students are the future of the nation, and their education should be a priority for all stakeholders involved.

 A Way Forward

Moving forward, it is crucial for the government and CETAG to engage in constructive dialogue with a focus on finding a lasting solution. This involves not only addressing immediate grievances but also implementing measures to prevent such disputes from recurring. Transparency, communication, and a commitment to the welfare of both educators and students are essential in this process.

 The Role of Student Leadership

Student leaders like His Excellency Awine Samuel Asampana play a vital role in representing the concerns of their peers and advocating for their rights. Their involvement in discussions with both CETAG and the government can help bridge the gap and ensure that the voices of students are heard.


The indefinite strike by CETAG has brought significant challenges to students at St John Bosco's College and other Colleges of Education across Ghana. The impact on students, both immediate and long-term, cannot be ignored. It is imperative that the government and CETAG come to a swift resolution to allow academic activities to resume and provide students with the education they deserve. As the SRC President and other student leaders continue to advocate for their peers, the hope is that their voices will be heard and acted upon, ensuring a brighter future for all students involved.

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