Three Senior Lecturers of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) who were dismissed based on recommendations by a disciplinary committee had officially had their dismissal reversed according to checks by MyNewsGh.com.
Dr. Emmanuel Osei Sarpong, the immediate past Head of Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Sports (HPERS), Professor Ephraim Avea Nsoh, Principal of the College of Languages Education at Ajumako and Dr. Frimpong Kakyire Duku who until his sack was the local President of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) were all dismissed sparking days of protestation among students.
The Minister of Education, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh directed the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Education Winneba (UEW), Reverend Father Prof Anthony Afful-Broni to reinstate the dismissed senior lecturers but his directives were ignored.
Upon persistent pressure from both students and the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) the governing Council finally bowed to pressure and on Tuesday April 9, 2019 issued the reinstatement letters for the three who confirmed receipt to MyNewsGh.com.
One of them on a social media platform stated “My honourable members my letter of reinstatement is In now. Thanks to all for the prayer and support”
Though this is expected to have sealed the deal, Member of Parliament (MP) for Efutu Constituency in the Central region, Alexander Kwamina Afenyo-Markin is serving notice that he will be compelled to head to the court if the rest are not reinstated.
Mr. Afenyo Markin said the decision by the Vice-Chancellor (VC) of the UEW, Rev. Fr. Professor Anthony Afful-Broni, to reinstate only three lecturers was “half-baked” as it was against the spirit of the decision to reinstate all the about 30 sacked staff.
He insists the decision taken at a meeting that he participated in, involving the Governing Council and a delegation from the Education ministry, was that all the staff who had disagreements with the new management should be reinstated.
Mr Afenyo-Markin said if Prof Afful-Broni failed to bring about reconciliation at the university, then he should vacate his position as the VC.
“I have taken a position that if the VC cannot demonstrate the ability to reconcile. There is no point in he being there.
“We all have confidence in him. We all believed in his position for the university. That is why when he petitioned my office together with some colleagues of his. I took up the matter. So I get a bit disappointed when people say that my office is interfering in the affairs of the university,” he said.