UEW lecturers refuse to return to class

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Lecturers at the University of Education Winneba (UEW) say they will not return to the classrooms even after the university was reopened.

This is in protest of the court case pending against the leadership of the University.

The President of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) announced the action after a Winneba High Court heard the case, Friday. This was a resident of the town, Kofi Kwayira, sued the University, on June 5.

Mr Kwayira and his lawyer and Member of Parliament for Effutu, Alexander Afenyo-Markin asked the court to nullify the extension of the University Council and the appointment of some executives of the school including the Vice-chancellor.

According to them, the council’s continuous stay in the office is illegal and on June 13, the court granted the plaintiff an injunction to among others prevent the council from taking any decision pending the outcome of the case.

Member of Parliament for Effutu, Alexander Afenyo Markin

At the hearing on Friday, the lawyer for UEW, Peter Zwennes, prayed the court to dismiss the case on the ground of improper procedure among others.

His argument was however vehemently opposed by lawyer Afenyo-Markin.

An earlier injunction sought by the plaintiff resulted in the university management shutting down all of its campuses across the country.

Management has, however, rescinded its decision and opened the university the Registrar confirmed to Joy News.

Mr Afenyo-Markin who had earlier chided the university management for closing the university applauded them for reopening the university.

He had earlier argued that the orders of the court were clear and did not order the shutting down of the institution.

 According to Joy News reporter Daniel Dadzie, it is difficult to tell if the university will open its doors on Monday as the lecturers are refusing to return to the classroom.

President of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) on UEW campus, Dr Samuel Bekoe, said, “UTAG is still standing on the point that until it sees a clear path of the issues resolved, they are still holding onto their decision of withdrawing their services.”

“We feel that we are under attack and we have to act to protect our interest,” he said.