UEW impasse: I have not been recalled – suspended lecturer laments

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One of the suspended lecturers at the University of Education-Winneba Dr. Emmanuel Sarpong has disclosed that he has not been recalled back to post, contrary to claims in the media.
Media reports suggest all lecturers who were either sacked or suspended by the embattled Vice Chancellor of the university Professor Afful-Broni have been reinstated as part of a peace accord following the tensions that have engulfed the school since Monday.

An impasse between the VC and some of his lecturers and the member of parliament for the Efutu constituency – where the university is sited- resulted in a chaotic demonstration on campus on Wednesday by students leading to the destruction of several school properties.
The students contend some of their most efficient lecturers have been victimized by the Vice Chancellor as he seeks to asset his authority over the school.
Speaking on Accra based Starr News Friday, Dr. Sarpong, who was suspended for abstaining in a vote during a meeting, said he is yet to receive a call from any authority at the school.
“I have not received a call from anyone yet. I was suspended 13 months after the supposed offense. My suspension letter was signed by the Vice Chancellor himself.

” Reason is that I decided not to partake in a vote because I had not consulted by union. I told them I was on the committee on the account of the lecturers so I had to know their views before voting in a particular direction and I left. And that was all.

” This Monday I was in class when they brought my letter and said I had to leave so I had nothing to do. This was 13 months after the incident happened”.
Meanwhile, the Council of the university has promised to resolve the impasses as soon as possible.

“The Governing Council of the University of Education, Winneba has noted with concern the recent happenings on our Winneba campuses, especially with regard to agitations escalating into violence on life and property. The university is currently assessing the damage caused and will release a detailed Press Statement to address the issues including the misinformation that has taken the airwaves regarding the university.

“The University is committed to the directive of the Regional Minister, Chairman of REGSEC to close the Winneba and Ajumako campuses of the University until further notice. Early next week when Council shall meet, details of the way forward for the University will be communicated to the University Community and the General Public,” the Council said in a statement.

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