The University of Education, Winneba has been in the news for the past few days with reports of unrest among students and lecturers following the dismissal of three senior lecturers at the institution.
The three are Professor Ephraim Avea Nsoh, Principal of the College of Languages Education at Ajumako, Dr. Frimpong Kakyire Duku who is the local President of the University Teachers’ Association of Ghana (UTAG) and Dr. Emmanuel Osei Sarpong, a former Alumni President representing the alumni on the University Council.
The sacking of the three lecturers by the Vice Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Prof. Afful Broni led to stiff protests on Tuesday on the campus of the UEW.
Varied reasons were cited for the termination of the appointment of the lecturers. Per Dr. Duku’s termination of appointment, his conduct in respect of a court action, initiated together with six others showed he failed to exhaust internal structures of the University for settling disputes before proceeding to court caused him his job. He is also accused of using institutional time to go to court without seeking official permission.
Prof Avea Nsoh’s sack was hinged on his inability to cooperate with other members of management while Dr Sarpong is accused of disrespecting the University Council by walking out of a Council meeting.
At a crunch meeting Tuesday night at the campus of the University of Ghana, the National Executives of UTAG resolved that the victimization and polarization on the campus of the UEW is at variance with the President’s charge that the VC should reconcile all the parties involved in the impasse which existed before his investiture.
The few months Prof. Afful Broni has been Vice Chancellor of the UEW have been characterised with the arbitral sacking, suspension and demotion of over thirty staff of the university.
In this regard, according to the national President of UTAG, Dr. Eric Opoku Mensah, the Vice Chancellor has failed his foremost responsibility. UTAG is therefore demanding the immediate resignation of Prof. Afful Broni for sanity to return to campus.
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