University Of Education Lecturers strike after court ordered Vice Chancellor to step aside

The Court also issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Ministry of Education to reconstitute the governing council of the University of Education, Winneba.

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Lecturers of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) have laid down their tools after a Winneba High Court ordered the Vice Chancellor and the Chief Finance Officer to hand over to the Pro-Vice Chancellor.

The two were asked to step aside as per a suit filed by Supi Kofi Kwayera.

The suit was seeking a dissolution of the University’s Governing Council and, as such, rendering the positions of Vice Chancellor and Chief Finance Officer vacant.

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The Presiding Judge, Ato Mills-Graves, granted the plea of the plaintiffs and ordered the two officers to step aside.

The Court also issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Ministry of Education to reconstitute the governing council of the University of Education, Winneba.

An amount of GHC4,000 was also awarded against the university.

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The UEW branch of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has since indicated that it cannot offer services per the court order on Friday.

The lecturers say they are now in a state of confusion following the ruling.

Background

The University was in June this year closed down temporarily following a court case brought against it by a former Assemblyman of Donkoryiem, Supi Kofi Kwayera over the continuous stay of the school’s Council.

The Council’s mandatory four year term expired in 2013. However, the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) government ordered the Council to act until a substantive one is appointed.

The Education Minister at the time, Professor Naana Opoku Agyemang said that the protracted election petition in 2013 and some challenges facing the education sector were to be blamed for the extension.

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But the businessman was not happy with the development. He subsequently filed a suit at a Winneba High Court demanding that all decisions taken by the Council to be declared null and void.

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