The National Executive Officers of the University Students’ Association of Ghana (USAG) on Thursday, 21st March, 2019 had an intensive round table dialogue with the management of the University of Education, Winneba and Ajumako campuses.
The delegation was led by the USAG president, *Mr. Kingsley Sarpong Akowuah* to discuss the issues concerning the closure of the school which was triggered by the issues of hooliganism that occured on 13th March, 2019.
The Association earlier had a meeting with the Students’ Representative Councils of both campuses, and proceeded to the Dean of Students’ Affairs to restore normalcy to their academic life.
In a meeting with the SRC of both campuses, the USAG President, Mr. Kingsley Sarpong Akowuah stated that, the core mandate of USAG is to promote the welfare and interest of every member institutions of the Association, the decision to embark on this journey to restore peace, calmness, sanity, and ensure that students return back to school as soon as possible.
In an address by the SRC Presidents of both campuses, the main motive behind the students’ agitation was for management to return the sacked lecturers. According to the SRC Presidents, intelligence gathered is that students demonstrated because of inadequate lecturers at the Ajumako campus which distorted thier academic work.
Again, the SRC Presidents added that, students should formally petition their offices on any issue that borders on their grievances in order for them to look into their merits.
The Association with the SRC Executives from both campuses proceeded to meet the Dean of Student Affairs, *Dr. Kwesi Amponsah* to know and decide the way forward to bring an end to the situation, especially to get our students back to campus in the immediate possible time.
The USAG President, Mr. Kingsley Sarpong Akowuah in his statement, urged management to expedite the processes in resolving the issues so that students return back to school as early as possible, since it may affect final year students. He also added that, the Association is happy to know that there is an appellate opportunity for the affected lecturers. He stated that the appropriate body in charge of the appeal should be quick in order to see an end to these disciplinary matters. In furtherance to that, he made management aware that students need lecturers to fill the vacant positions on Ajumako campus since some departments have inadequate lecturers.
The Dean of Students, Dr. Kwesi Amponsah appreciated the USAG Executives for the bold steps taken to ensure the welfare of the students of the University.
In his address, firmly assured the Association of management’s willingness and eagerness to resolve the issues in order to resume academic activities as soon as possible.
He added that the sacking of lecturers was a decision by the Governing Council, not a single individual. That notwithstanding, the sacked lecturers have being given the opportunity to appeal individually.
He also urged USAG to appeal to students’ conscience to desist from future destructive demonstrations as the only way of solving issues.
USAG also had a fruitful discussion with the Chief Accountant UEW, Mr. Albert Samuel Cromwell,
Chief Publications Officer UEW, Mr Jojo,
Director of Security of UEW and former Dean of Students’ Affairs, all to discuss the welfare students.
*THE WAY FORWARD*
USAG will meet with the Chairman of the Regional Security Council (REGSEC), Honorable Kwamena Duncan to resolve issues concerning security in order for students to return back to school safe.
Also USAG will write to the Ministry of Education in Charge of Tertiary Education to invite all parties involved in order to settle the issues amicably for peace to reign.
The Association humbly appeals to all individuals and groups with parochial interests to stay away from these issues. We continue to say that University students are the future leaders of the Republic of Ghana, therefore USAG will not tolerate any form of influence or infiltration of any person or group in the University’s affairs.
*USAG continuously besiege all students of University of Education, Winneba and Ajumako campus to remain calm and resolute, and as well, have faith in USAG to always serve the interest of the University students. We advice students to stay focused in order to prevent people from using them for their own parochial interests*
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