Some alumni members of the University of Education Winneba has called for the resignation of the University's Vice Chancellor Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni.
According to them and some concerned students, the vice chancellor's resignation is the only way peace can prevail in the school.
In a report YEN.com.gh sighted on Citinewsroom.com, the alumni has released a statement in connection to resolving the current disturbances.
"In light of that, The Concerned Students and Alumni want to reiterate the fact that reinstating the wrongfully dismissed staff of the University is not the total solution to the epic chaos that has engulfed the University," the statement noted
"To ensure total peace, we categorically state that the Vice Chancellor of the University, Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni either resigns or is sacked from the University," they stated.
The statement also stated that it was never the intention of the students to cause damage to any of the school’s property.
They recalled that the demonstration had gone on peacefully for three days wherein no property was damaged.
"However, on Thursday, the 14th of March 2018, in order to carry out a so called “order from above”, The Police, without any provocation fired rubber bullets and tear gas at the students," the statement disclosed.
The statement further explained all that transpired and reasons why the student body should not be blamed for the fall-outs.
Students were protesting the UEW Vice Chancellor’s dismissal of some lecturers, which eventually led to the school being shut down indefinitely because the students protested the dismissals.
Since then, Prof. Afful-Broni, the school’s board chair, Prof. Emmanuel Nicholas Abakah and other stakeholders have agreed to work towards addressing the current challenges at the school and possibly reinstating the lectures.
The Ministry of Education said the differences of the stakeholders were addressed at the meeting with an agreement to collaborate in addressing issues that affect stakeholders directly and indirectly.
The dismissed lecturers included local University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) president, Dr. Frimpong Kakyire Duku and the Principal of the Colleges of Languages at UEW, Prof. Ephraim Avea Nsoh.
A senior lecturer popular with the students, Dr. Emmanuel Osei Sarpong, also had his appointment terminated.
The students’ protests were backed by UTAG, which called the sackings baseless.
Since then, Prof. Afful-Broni, the school’s board chair, Prof. Emmanuel Nicholas Abakah and other stakeholders have agreed to work towards addressing the current challenges at the school.
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