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UTAG/TUTAG leaves meeting with Fair Wages and Salaries Commission

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According to the two associations, university professors would no longer tolerate extreme disrespect and a lack of commitment to improving their working circumstances. They maintained that UTAG/TUTAG would not participate in meetings that did not produce results and warned that university lecturers' opinions would be heard shortly in a language more understood by the employer/government.

The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) and the Technical University Teachers Association of Ghana (TUTAG) left a meeting with the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) on Wednesday morning.

They cited the employer’s (FWSC) ill faith, disrespect, and lackadaisical attitude towards the discussion of critical parts of their employment circumstances as grounds.

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According to the two associations, university professors would no longer tolerate extreme disrespect and a lack of commitment to improving their working circumstances.

They maintained that UTAG/TUTAG would not participate in meetings that did not produce results and warned that university lecturers’ opinions would be heard shortly in a language more understood by the employer/government.

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Majority of MPs backed the passing of the anti-LGBTQI bill – Sam George

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Ghana's Parliament passed the anti-LGBTQI law after completing all three readings. The bill's third reading was place on Wednesday, February 28. "The third reading of the anti-LGBTQ bill has passed by parliament," TV3's Parliamentary journalist Komla Klutse stated. Prior to its adoption, a human rights coalition consisting of CDD Ghana, "the big 18," and others had urged President Akufo-Addo not to sign the measure in its current form.

One of the sponsors of the Promotion of Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, often known as the anti-LGBTQI bill, Ningo-Prampram Lawmaker Samuel Nartey George, has thanked his colleagues for their help in passing the legislation.

He informed media in Parliament after the law passed on Wednesday, February 28, that the sponsors had the overwhelming backing of the majority of MPs on both sides.

“We want to thank Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu who was very instrumental in passing this bill,” he said in a statement.


“This measure has received overwhelming support from all sides of the House.

“After three long years, we have finally passed the Human Sexual Rights and Family Values Act 2024. I am grateful to my Colleague sponsors who have waged this battle with me to a successful end. Our collective gratitude goes to our Leadership and the Rt. Hon. Speaker for their guidance and leadership. Our values would be protected and defended so long as we have a voice. For God and Country.”

Ghana’s Parliament passed the anti-LGBTQI law after completing all three readings.


The bill’s third reading was placed on Wednesday, February 28.

“The third reading of the anti-LGBTQ bill has passed by parliament,” TV3’s Parliamentary journalist Komla Klutse stated.

Prior to its adoption, a human rights coalition consisting of CDD Ghana, “the big 18,” and others had urged President Akufo-Addo not to sign the measure in its current form.

At a news conference in Accra on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, Prof Audrey Gadzekpo, Board Chair of the CDD, stated that the Bill will violate many people’s fundamental human rights, particularly those of the media, as guaranteed in the 1992 Constitution.

Professor Gadzekpo stated, “We saw that attempts to alter the Bill to substitute community services for castration, made by the Member of Parliament for Effutu, Mr. Afenyo-Markin, were regretfully denied. Although the majority of the house rejected his proposals, resulting in their elimination, we admire his efforts to modernise our judicial system.

On Wednesday, February 21, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, the then-Deputy Majority Leader, withdrew his modifications to the anti-LGBTIQ+ law, which aims to impose a jail term, clearing the way for the measure to be considered for passing in the following days.


However, the coalition of civil society organisations and interest groups insisted that the Bill should be reconsidered.

“Ghana is a secular and multi-religious country with more than 50 ethnic groupings and diverse cultural customs and beliefs. Any attempt to impose a uniform cultural value system for Ghana destroys the exquisite cultural mix that distinguishes us as a nation.” Professor Gadzekpo proposed.

She said, “It is for this reason that the constitution abolishes all practices and laws detrimental to people’s health and well-being, even in the name of culture and tradition.”


The coalition argued that the Bill would limit journalists’ capacity to speak freely. In its present version, the Bill stipulates that “any person who uses the media to broadcast and slash or advocate on the LGBTQ+ topic faces a prison sentence of up to three years.”

According to the organisation, “this places a heavy restriction on journalists, bloggers, influencers and various social media users who produce or publish content, especially those who work in the field of human rights.”


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Audrey Gadzekpo argues that an anti-gay bill is harmful to society

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In a conversation with Umaru Sanda Amadu on Citi FM's Eyewitness News, Prof Gadzekpo emphasised the critical significance of protecting rights and freedoms in a constitutional democracy. When asked if she thought the law was unwholesome, she responded, "Absolutely and without any doubt in my opinion," adding, "I don't even think they had a quorum. I saw an empty room on TV."

Professor Audrey Gadzekpo, Board Chair of the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), described the Anti-Gay Bill as damaging to social well-being.

Ghana’s parliament approved the tough law on Wednesday, February 28, which calls for a potential five-year jail sentence for forming or sponsoring LGBTQ+ groups.

The measure has received support from both main political parties and now seeks President Nana Akufo-Addo’s assent to become law.

Individuals who engage in banned actions might face a jail term ranging from 6 months to 3 years, while sponsors and promoters could face a 3 to 5-year prison sentence.

In a conversation with Umaru Sanda Amadu on Citi FM’s Eyewitness News, Prof Gadzekpo emphasised the critical significance of protecting rights and freedoms in a constitutional democracy.

When asked if she thought the law was unwholesome, she responded, “Absolutely and without any doubt in my opinion,” adding, “I don’t even think they had a quorum. I saw an empty room on TV.”

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NAGRAT advocates for reconsideration of the Free SHS policy

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According to a research by Africa Education Watch, the average government spending on Senior High School (SHS) pupils between 2017/18 and 2021/22 academic years. The survey found that the government paid GH¢1,241 per student under the Free SHS regime, whereas parents spent GH¢4,185 annually throughout the same period. This underlined the government's policy issues, as its budget credibility rating steadily fell over the 2019/20 and 2021/22 academic years. Based on this backdrop, NAGRAT is certain that a review will alleviate the burden on parents.

The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) has urged for a reconsideration of the policy so that parents who can afford it can pay their children’s tuition and other expenditures.

The Association feels that this will reduce part of the government’s burden.

According to research by Africa Education Watch, the average government spending on Senior High School (SHS) pupils between 2017/18 and 2021/22 academic years.

The survey found that the government paid GH¢1,241 per student under the Free SHS regime, whereas parents spent GH¢4,185 annually throughout the same period.

This underlined the government’s policy issues, as its budget credibility rating steadily fell over the 2019/20 and 2021/22 academic years.
Based on this backdrop, NAGRAT is certain that a review will alleviate the burden on parents.

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