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UTAG demands apology from UniMAC VC


UTAG demands apology from UniMAC VC

The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has expressed disappointment over remarks made by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Media, Arts and Communication (UniMAC), Prof Kwamena Kwansah-Aidoo, regarding the Book and Research Allowances (BRA) paid to UTAG members.

The Vice Chancellor’s remarks were made at a public lecture organised by the SD Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies.

Prof Kwansah-Aidoo’s proposed that the allowance be abolished and replaced with an application-based research fund.

But UTAG said that the remarks were ‘sneering’ and disheartening noting that “such significant remarks were made with a limited understanding of what the BRA is used for.”

“We find his comments as coming from a place of disdain and a depiction of a long-standing culture of some academics climbing to the top and turning back to remove the very ladder that led them there. His statement that, he does not know what academics do with the BRA is condescending, distasteful, and pretentious, to say the least.”

According to UTAG, the Book and Research Allowance (BRA) is not only used for scholarly publications, as suggested by the Vice Chancellor.

In a statement signed by National Secretary Eliasu Mumuni, UTAG added that, the allowance is also crucial in supporting the academic pursuits and professional development of its members, and in promoting a culture of research excellence within universities.

The Union explained that its research activities do not only result in scholarly publications, but also contribute to enhancing teaching and making contributions to society.

The Union stressed that the Vice Chancellor’s proposal to abolish the BRA is based on a limited understanding of research activities.

The association called for an apology from the Vice Chancellor for his remarks.

“We call on the Vice Chancellor to apologise to the entire membership of UTAG and, in subsequent pronouncements, engage in constructive dialogue with UTAG to gain a deeper understanding of the perspectives, concerns and research efforts of our members,” portions of the February 3 statement said.

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