The Students Representative Council of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) has distanced itself from violent protest staged by some students of the university.
The students are protesting the recent sackings of some senior staff of the school by the school’s Vice Chancellor.
According to these students, their Vice-Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni is deliberating sabotaging the school with his actions.
The students add that the sackings are without strong bases.
Senior staff members dismissed by the Vice-Chancellor include the local University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) president, Dr. Frimpong Kakyire Duku and Dr. Emmanuel Osei Sarpong who is a senior lecturer.
In a press release signed by the acting Vice-President of the students body, Akudugu Isaka, it encouraged students who may have any form of grievance to do so using the laid down university procedure.
“We acknowledge that students may have grievance from time to time but in expressing same, we wish to remind students to do so in accordance with the rules and regulation of the University and the Public Order Act 1994 (Act 491)
The release stated that media reports suggesting that it was in support of the actions of the students were false and that the public should disregard press releases purporting to be coming from its office urging the students to demonstrate.
It added that the current impasse in the University was being influenced by “external forces who do not have the University at heart”
It has come to our attention that the logo of the SRC are being widely used to circulate messages and flyers purporting to direct students to embark on illegal demonstrations in support of the restoration of some lecturers whose contracts with the University were either terminated or have been dismissed.
We are reliably informed that whatever is going on is heavily influenced by external forces who obviously do not have the advancement of the University at heart. The SRC on this score wants to be unequivocally clear that together with the student body it shall resist with all its might
We’re disappointed in UTAG
The students body also expressed disappointment in the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) for endorsing the protests by the students.
The National President of UTAG, Dr. Eric Opoku Mensah, in an interview with Accra-based Citi News backed the decision of the students who were calling for the reinstatement of their lecturer, Dr. Emmanuel Osei Sarpong.
Dr. Mensah said UTAG was “happy about the decision the students have taken and we support them because they have to save this university from further deterioration.”
“We as a national body do not recognise that decision that has been taken by the leadership of this university and therefore, UTAG together with other stakeholders are going to do whatever is necessary to make sure that justice prevails in this university,”
The UEW SRC said that they expect the National Executive body of the University Teachers Association of Ghana to be balanced in dealing with the matter rather that urging the students to demonstrate against their Vice-Chancellor.
“We note with deep regret that the National Executives of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) led by their President, Dr. Eric Opoku were on Campus to incite and endorse lawlessness embarked upon by packets of our colleagues from the HPERS Department. We expect such an important stakeholder in the tertiary education to lead in urging calm and dialoguing with authorities for the way forward rather than taking sides and promoting lawlessness.
The University of Education, Winneba has been shut down indefinitely following a third day of student protests against the school’s Vice-Chancellor.
The Central Regional Security Council announced the closure of the school after visiting the campus on Thursday morning.
The Central Regional Minister, Kwamina Duncan told the media “on the advice of the Regional Security Council, we cannot allow the university to be in session.”
“Our report is this: every passing day, the level of insecurity increases or escalates,” the minister added.
In the course of the three days of protests, buildings and vehicles have had their windows shattered.
Students also blocked roads and burned tiers amid the protests.
Story by: Jennifer Esi Aniwa and Jeffrey Nyabor|universnewsroom.com