Following the suspension of certain courses at Njala University by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC),the Academic Staff Association of Njala University has issued a 21 day strike notice to serve as a formal notice for a strike action should decision not taking on the suspension.
In a strike notice signed by the University’s Acting Secretary General, Dr Saidu Kanu, it stated that the Academic staff Association has for the past four months been quiet about the issue of the suspension of certain courses at the University by the Tertiary Education Commission.
It also stated that they were privy to all correspondences including reports of the Committee of Deans set up by senate and the court/TEC Committee instituted by the University court to specifically examine the report of the Deans and other issues pertaining to the suspension of certain programmes.
The strike notice however commented that ‘’ We are, however, perturbed by the prolonged delay in laying this issue to rest. We forsee grim impacts not only on the integrity of the University but also on the present students already enrolled in the programmes and the prospective ones’’
It stated further that they perceived the action by the TEC and some other stakeholders to be negative not only to the staff but the students,institutions and the nation.
As a result, the Academic staff Association unanimously resolved that ‘’ a twenty-one- day strike notice be issued effective yesterday.
This now serves as a formal notice for the strike action’’
The notice further ended by stating that ‘’ it has also been collectively agreed that during this strike action period, members of the Academic Staff Association will not participate in any of the activities and events of the University’’
By Ishmael Bayoh