A Zimbabwean lecturer has declined a senior lecturer post at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in the Department of Physiotherapy and Sport Sciences over poor salary.

In a letter declining the offer by the university, Dr Matthew Chiwaridzo stated that the annual salary of Ghc55, 104.05 (USD 760.00 per month) is not comparable to a monthly basic salary of a Lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe (ZWL 1, 293, 708.00 per annum: USD 1.283 per month).

“Please note that I am currently in the Senior Lecturer grade (ZWL 1, 561 248.00 per annum; USD 1.500 per month) at the University of Zimbabwe by virtue of having a doctorate degree specialising in Physiotherapy, 35 publications, 2 awarded grant projects and 7 years of satisfactory teaching, industrialisation, innovation and research experience. It is for this economical reason a.e that I decline the offer of employment at KNUST and will want to explore other opportunities.”

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The decision by the Zimbabwean lecturer comes days after the University Teachers Association of Ghana called off their two-week strike over poor conditions of service and the failure of the government to resolve long-standing grievances.

The 2012 conditions of service pegged the Basic plus Market Premium of a lecturer at $2,084.42 but the government has since failed to implement that condition of service for lecturers in the country.

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According to the President of UTAG, Professor Charles Marfo, the current arrangement has reduced its members’ basic premiums to $997.84.

He added that the entry-level salary of a lecturer is less than Ghc 2000 while a professor earns less than Ghc 5000 monthly.

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