The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology branch of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has described as surprising and disturbing government’s decision to dissolve the KNUST Governing Council.
According to them, government’s decision is in “disregard to the Act and Statutes governing the University”
They avers that “there are enough provisions and mechanisms enshrined in the Act and Statutes for the resolution of such issues”
The decision to dissolve the board was taken following meetings between the government, university management and other stakeholders over the recent violent protest by students that has led to a closure of the school.
A statement from the government said a 7-member Interim Council will be put in place to oversee the affairs of the school, while the school which has been closed since Tuesday following the violence, will be opened within 14-days.
The government said the interim council will be chaired by the Paramount Chief of Bompata Traditional Area, Nana Effa Apenteng for the 3-month period it has been given to serve.
The new council is also expected to expedite the reopening of the university.
They added that the action taken by government “frowns on the autonomy of the University”.
KNUST-UTAG further stated that it does not accept the “interim arrangement by government and insist on government allowing the Act and Statutes of the University to work.”
They also threatened to “advise itself with immediate effect” if government does not rescind on its decision.
Below is the full statement from KNUST-UTAG
The Executive Committee of the University Teachers Association of Ghana is surprised, and, indeed disturbed by the dissolution of the University’s Governing Council by government in disregard to the Act and Statutes governing the University. It is obvious that this action by government is as a result of the current impasse on campus. UTAG is of the view that there are enough provisions and mechanisms enshrined in the Act and Statutes for the resolution of such issues. We do not believe that the action taken by government is the best way to resolve the issue as it frowns on the autonomy of the University and smacks of political interference.
UTAG-KNUST, therefore, wishes to state emphatically that it does not accept this interim arrangement by government and insist on government allowing the Act and Statutes of the University to work. Should the Government insist on going forward with its interim arrangement , UTAG will have no option, other than to advise itself with immediate effect.