The Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education, Prof. Kwesi Yankah, has urged all parties to the University of Education Winneba impasse to lend support to the on-going reconciliation process by the Governing Council.
He expressed regret that the admonition by the President for reconciliation and building of bridges was not heeded as there was more muscle flexing by various campus factions than
Prof. Yankah said this at a congregation
ceremony held at the Winneba campus of the University of Education, Winneba
Students from the School of Graduate Studies and the Faculty of Foreign Languages as well as Communication graduated at the ceremony.
Similar ones were held for the Kumasi and Mampong campuses of UEW earlier.
Prof. Yankah also indicated that the
government expected traditional universities to rise to the occasion and absorb
the avalanche of graduates from the Free Senior High School (SHS) programme.
“This critical moment would have been meant for deep planning and quiet contemplation, rather than expanded energies setting host universities like UEW on a path of self-destruction,” he said.
He called on the UEW alumni to play a constructive role of assisting peace making and reconciliation efforts, saying, “Let the alumni avoid the temptation of instigating an inner rebellion or stoking flames.”
“Any sign of an emerging drama in Winneba of two Vice Chancellors in one university is of course ominous and not acceptable,” he said.
Prof. Yankah further called on management of the university to expedite processes towards the appointment of a Chancellor for the institution.
He further stated government’s
commitment to transform the educational sector as it embarked on a holistic
project that affect the entire educational sector in terms of the reform agenda
being rolled out.
Prof. Nicholas Abakah, Chairman of the Governing Council of UEW, in his address, explained that the government as part of reforms at the Colleges of Education had affiliated 15 of the colleges to the University for Mentorship.
The allocation, he said, was highest to
be given to any other public university in the country as part of the
Bachelor of Education (BEd) programme at the colleges of education.
He alluded to the fact that, the allocation given to UEW gives credence to the university’s sole mandate of training teachers for national development.
Prof. Abakah appealed to government to support the institution to increase its staff strength by giving clearance for the recruitment of both teaching and non-teaching staff.
The Vice Chancellor of UEW, Rev. Father Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni in his address, appealed to all stakeholders to come together in ensuring the promotion of the university’s image at the local and international level.
“The University has come very far in delivering on its mandate and had gained much recognition locally and internationally. The event on March 14, 2019, was just unfortunate and it’s my fervent prayer and wish that never again should such event occur in the history of UEW,” he said.
The recent happenings at the university, he noted, has left a negative image of the University and urged aggrieved parties to avoid conflict and instead chart a concerted effort at brokering peace.
FROM DAVID O. YARBOI-TETTEH, WINNEBA