Students of the University of Education, Winneba return to school today after it was temporarily closed due to a series of protests by students.
The students have been calling for the dismissal of the school’s Vice Chancellor for firing some lecturers and workers.
Three out of the eight dismissed lecturers have since been reinstated.
A statement from the school’s Governing Council said the University Management and the Academic Board has been tasked to review its academic calendar to cater for the loss of time and ensure that staff and students work collaboratively to return academic work to normalcy.
Speaking to Citi news, PRO for UEW, Ernest Azutiga said the mid-semester examinations scheduled for today have been indefinitely suspended.
“There were appeals and concern expressed by students and other Ghanaians and the council, being magnanimous as it has always been, decided to suspend the mid-semester examinations indefinitely. Pending a meeting of the academic board on today [Monday] would determine when it would be appropriate for them to take their mid-semester quizzes,” he said.
On April 3, 2019, the Governing Council of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) reinstated three lecturers who were dismissed.
The reinstated lecturers included Dr. Emmanuel Osei Sarpong, Dr. Frimpong Kwaku Duku and Prof Ephraim Avea Nsoh.
The school was temporary shutdown following student protests over the dismissal of some of the lecturers.
Dismissals and protests
Students of the UEW protested the sackings of some senior staff of the school by the Vice Chancellor.
The situation led to a series of demonstrations by students, including a violent one that resulted in the destruction of school properties.
The demand was also accompanied by calls for lecturers and other staff who have been sacked to be immediately reinstated.
In the heat of the moment, some students felt the sackings were an act of sabotage adding that they will demonstrate until their demands are met.
Students and lecturers have been insisting that the Vice-Chancellor of the school, Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni, must resign for normalcy to return at the school.