The Students Representative Council of the University of Education Winneba has said it is dismayed by the stance of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) on the protests by some students of the University.
The students body said that they expected the National Executive body of UTAG to be balanced in dealing with the impasse rather that urging the students to demonstrate against their Vice-Chancellor.
Students of the University 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.
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 an interview with Accra-based Citi News, National President of UTAG, Dr. Eric Opoku Mensah, 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,”
However, in a press release signed by the acting president of the UEW SRC, Akudugu Isaka, it said UTAG should have considered working together with University management on the matter rather than ‘inciting and endorsing lawlessness’ undertaken by the students.
“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 students body also distanced itself from the protests staged by the students of University.
They encouraged students who may have any form of grievance to do so using 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 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 & Jeffrey Nyabor|universnewsroom.com