UEW Vice Chancellor must resign over students’ protest – UTAG

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The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) is demanding the immediate resignation of Vice Chancellor of the University of Education Winneba (UEW), Rev. Prof. Anthony Afful Broni.

National President of UTAG, Dr. Eric Opoku Mensah said the resignation of Prof. Afful Broni is the only remedy to the impasse at the University.

“The victimization and polarization on UEW campus is at variance with Nana Akufo-Addo’s charge that the VC should reconcile all functions regarding the impasse which existed before his investiture. As at now over 30 people have been sacked, suspended or demoted arbitrarily.”

“Having failed his assigned tasks, it is the considered position that Prof. Afful Broni should resign honourably to save University of Education Winneba from further chaos. UTAG is demanding an unconditional reinstatement of all staff who have been dismissed, demoted or suspended,” he added.

Dr. Opoku Mensah also called on the Governing Council of UEW to be impartial as it works to resolve the impasse at the university.

Some students took to the streets on Tuesday protesting the dismissal of some lecturers.

Some of the students threatened to boycott lectures whilst others vowed to continue their protests until the sacked lecturers are reinstated.

Some of the protesting students said a senior lecturer at the school, Dr. Emmanuel Osei Sarpong was let go because he was a key member of the former Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mawutor Avoke’s team.

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.”

Call from Minister

Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education, Professor Kwesi Yankah charged the Governing Council of UEW to restore calm following the protests.

The issue that emerged between us in the interaction was for the Council to take whatever steps that are necessary to ensure that peace and harmony returns to campus within the shortest possible term to ensure that normal academic work resumes and that the students go back to school and the lecturers continue teaching if they have boycotted classes.”

Professor Yankah also urged the protesting students to return to class saying “we realised that you have spent the two days protesting, which also means there has been no learning. I am urging you to go back to school.”

Source: citinewsroom.com

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