Students of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) on the Ejumako and Winneba campuses will return to school today, 8 April 2019 to resume academic work after nearly one month of inactivity.
The two campuses were shut down on 14 March 2019 after a protest by the students which turned violent leading to widespread damage of school property estimated at about GHS250,000.
The aggrieved students were protesting the dismissal of three of their lecturers by the Vice-Chancellor Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni.
The lecturers are Prof. Ephraim Avea Nsoh, Dr Emmanuel Osei Sarpong, and Dr Frimpong Kwaku Duku, who were accused of misconduct and insubordination.
At least, 30 staff of the university, including 23 lecturers have lost their jobs within the past year.
The Governing Council of UEW has since reinstated the lecturers, paving the way for reopening.
Meanwhile, one of the reinstated lecturers, Dr Duku wants the Governing Council to reinstate all the sacked lecturers rather than just the three of them.
Reacting to his reinstatement in an interview with Benjamin Akakpo on the Executive Breakfast Show (EBS) on Class91.3FM on Thursday, 4 April 2019, Dr Duku, who is also the UEW Chapter president of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), said he was unhappy his other colleagues sacked by the V-C had not been reinstated.
Dr Duku said: “I’ll be the happiest man if all those sacked were being reinstated. As it is now, there appears to be selective justice where they believe the leadership of the association and those that had a mouth must be reinstated while those that have kept quiet all this while who have suffered these illegal dismissals are home. I’m not sure I’m the happiest person.”
Asked if reinstating all sacked staff of the university would make him happy, Dr Duku said: “That should be the ideal [situation]because if you look at the reasons for dismissing those staff, it is something that we believe they could have also been pardoned as well. So, as a leader, I’m not sure I should be happy I’ve been reinstated while my friends and colleagues are at home. So, I think the best way was to give that broader amnesty to everybody.”