UEW Saga: Vice Chancellor must resign immediately – UTAG demands

University of Education, Winneba

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

They accuse the Vice-Chancellor who has been on a sacking spree, relieving lecturers and other non-teaching staff of their post, of victimising the dismissed staff for not being his loyalists.

At a press conference, members of the Association, led by their National President, Dr Eric Opoku Mensah, questioned why “lecturers must be loyal to the Vice Chancellor, Rev. Prof. Afful-Broni, failure of which should lead to their victimisation?

“The University is not a place to build a cult or a sect where followership is a necessity. UTAG notes with concern this growing sectarian nonacademic culture and the rise of a dragon at UEW,” they said.

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The UEW has been closed down indefinitely following students riots earlier this month. The students were protesting the dismissal of their lecturers.

Principal of the College of Languages Education at Ajumako, Prof. Ephraim Avea Nsoh, was sacked because he had not been cooperating with other management members, the Daily Graphic has reported.

The local President of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), Dr. Frimpong Kakyire Duku, was sacked after initiating legal action against his employer “without any cause” and without exhausting internal procedures.

A former Alumni President who was representing the alumni on the University Council, Dr. Emmanuel Osei Sarpong, was sacked based on an allegation that he showed a sign of disrespect to the University Council, by deciding to exclude himself from a Council meeting, which he said was about taking a decision he was not comfortable with.

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That’s not all, others were transferred, and the reasons given did not satisfy either lecturers or students.

The students took to the streets to register their displeasure over the developments. They were backed by UTAG who believe their colleagues did nothing wrong to deserve the termination of their appointments.