By Classfmonline.com on 2019-03-17 16:44:08
The alumni and students of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) insist the Vice-Chancellor Rev Fr Prof Anthony Afful-Broni must either resign or get sacked for "wrongfully” dismissing some senior lecturers of the school...
The alumni and students of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) insist the Vice-Chancellor Rev Fr Prof Anthony Afful-Broni must either resign or get sacked for "wrongfully” dismissing some senior lecturers of the school.
In a statement, the Concerned Students and Alumni said they “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.
“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”.
The school plunged into chaos on Thursday during the third day of demonstrations by the students against the V-C’s dismissal spree. Police clashed with the students during the demonstration forcing the Regional Security Council to temporarily shut down the school and order all the students to vacate the campuses.
The Minister of state in charge of tertiary education, Prof Kwesi Yankah intervened in the rumpus and later met with the V-C as well as other stakeholders such as Effutu MP Alex Afenyo-Markin and Assin Central MP Kennedy Agyapong.
Apart from demanding the reinstatement of the sacked lecturers, the students and alumni insist the Vice-Chancellor must go for peace to prevail in the school.
Read their group’s full statement below:
FROM THE CONCERNED STUDENTS AND ALUMNI OF UEW
SUBJECT: POSTPONEMENT OF THE PEACEFUL PROTEST WHICH WAS SCHEDULED FOR 18TH MARCH, 2018
The Concerned Students and Alumni of UEW wish to express our profound gratitude to our dear Honourables; Alexander Kwamena Afenyo-Markin and Kennedy Ohene Agyapong for their timely and invaluable intervention which helped restore calm to the campuses which were affected by the massive demonstrations in the University of Education, Winneba.
We wish to emphatically state that it was never the intention of the students to cause damage to any of the school’s property.
It is an open secret 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.
This was done with the aim of dispersing the protesting students to make it seem as if there was extreme calm on campus and that there were no massive protests by students in the University of Education, Winneba as purported by the Ag. SRC President of the School.
The blatant display of violence and unprofessionalism by the Police backfired and sparked unparalleled fury amongst the disgruntled student body.
We fully believe that all the wrongfully dismissed staff of the university will be reinstated as said by Hon. Afenyo-Markin, which is a very good step in bringing peace and development to the University.
As a result of the efforts to ensure that peace and development prevail in the university, the planned peaceful demonstration which was scheduled to take place on the 18th of March 2019 has been postponed.
On a sad note, it has come to our notice that some people have been hired to discredit the good course the university students fought for.
We want those people to know that irrespective of what they say or write in the media, the Concerned Students and Alumni of UEW remain firm and resolute in ensuring that absolute peace and order is restored at the University of Education, Winneba.
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.
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.
We also call for the alumni elections to be held in order for the Alumni to have the needed representation it deserves on the university’s Governing Council.
We, therefore, call on all Regional Coordinators of the Concerned Students and alumni to put on hold, the plan to transport students and alumni from far and near to the University since the demonstration won’t come off but rather wait patiently for new directives.
The Concerned Students and Alumni has thrown its weight behind the student body and is in full support of their revolutionary actions which will go a long way to ensure that UEW is delivered from the hands of tyrannical leadership and set on the rightful path of academic freedom, truth, justice and rapid development it has long deserved.
LONG LIVE GHANA
LONG LIVE UEW
LONG LIVE THE ACADEMIA
AGYAPONG OSEI VICTOR,
LEADER OF THE CONCERNED STUDENTS AND ALUMNI OF UEW
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