A Lecturer at the University of West London and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy of England and Wales, Dr Da-Costa Aboagye has supported government’s directive for retired lecturers above the age of 65 to be made to go home by public universities or be paid through the University’s Internally Generated Funds.

Speaking to newghana.com.gh, Dr Aboagye narrated that the decision by government will create opportunity for more young lecturers to be recruited to bridge lecturer to student ratios.

He further stated that the decision by government is not only fair and moral but legal. “There is no legal support for the extra contract years given to the lecturers who are aged over 60,” he posited.

Dr Aboagye cited Article 199 of the 1992 Constitution on retiring age and pension to back his support for government.

As a Public Health Lecturer, he advised that such retired lecturers should prioritize their health and enjoy their retirement whilst engaging in healthy lifestyle activities, part time consultancies, or teaching services.

The National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) has warned all public Universities to sack all lecturers and professors who are aged above 65 years and are teaching in public universities across the country.

The order was contained in a letter signed by the Executive Secretary of the Council, Prof. Mohammed Salifu. The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) intends to fight against government’s directive.

According to the UTAG President, Dr Eric Opoku Mensah, it is not a fair decision and government must reconsider as it will affect lecturer-student ratios.

“With the current deficit in the lecturer-student population in the country, what would happen if the lecturers’ contracts are cancelled and the students who are in the Free SHS programme graduate?” Dr Eric Opoku Mensah noted.

Dr Aboagye disagreed with that and however stressed that, the decision by government is a good one as it will create more job opportunities for potential young lecturers to be employed to bridge lecturer to student radios.

He further supports government on t fact that only post-retirement contract staff in the age group of 60-65 should remain on government payroll.

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  1. The public and private universities across Ghana need experience lectures to provide strong leadership to propel Ghana’s developmental agenda. On a personal note, l think of the Young Lecturers in Ghana have no brains to teach our children to attain academic height to help sustain our economy. They have limited real life experience to make learning a cohort of industry. Applying practical experience gained from industry into the educational environment.
    I believed that, Ghana needs such an incredible and excellent experienced lectures with tacit knowledge to help sustain our educational sector.
    Micheal Nartey
    Bsc, MA, MSc, DIP, RTPI.

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