The sacking of three principal staff of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), last Friday has sparked fresh protests on campus.
There is uneasy calm on the campus following the dismissal of Professor Ephraim Avea Nsoh, former Upper East Regional Minister and Principal of the College of Languages Education at Ajumako, Dr. Frimpong Kakyire Duku who is the local President of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) and Dr. Emmanuel Osei Sarpong, a former Alumni President who was representing the alumni on the University Council.
Reasons for dismissal
Excerpts of the letter of dismissal in respect of Dr. Kaakyire Duku states that his conduct in respect of a court action, initiated together with six other staff showed that he did not exhaust the internal structures of the University for settling dispute, before he proceeded to court and used the institutional time to go to court without seeking official permission.
For Prof Avea Nsoh, his charge is that he has not been cooperating with other management members.
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Dr Sarpong on his part was dismissed based on an allegation that, he showed a sign of disrespect to the University Council, by deciding to exclude himself from a Council meeting, which he said was about taking a decision he was not comfortable with.
Professor Ephraim Avea Nsoh in a radio interview with Accra based Class FM on Monday March 11, said he was yet to receive the dismissal letter even though he has heard about it.
The three dismissals are said to have been instigated by the Vice Chancellor, Reverend Father Prof Anthony Afful-Broni.
Excerpts of the letter of dismissal in respect of Dr. Kaakyire Duku seen by Graphic Online reads “The Disciplinary Board set up at the instance of the Vice-Chancellor to further investigate your conduct in respect of court action you initiated together with six other staff who were asked to step aside established the following:
- You did not exhaust the internal structures of the University for settling dispute before proceeding to court.
- You used the institutional time to go to court without seeking official permission.
- Without any cause, you initiated legal action against the University – your employer.
The Chairman of Governing Council, the Ag. Vice-Chancellor/Vice-Chancellor and the Registrar with the intention to make the University and the Governing Council unpopular in the eyes of the University Community as well as the General Public.
- Your behaviour and actions constitute misconduct and insubordination which have brought the name of the University into disrepute. You have thus, contravened Schedule G2 (b) and (d) of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) Disciplinary Rules. You, therefore, became subject to discipline under Statute 36 of the UEW Statutes.
- Your actions and attitudes amounted to grave misconduct.
- Based on the findings of the Investigation Committee and the Disciplinary Board at the instance of the Vice-Chancellor, your behaviour contravened Schedule G 2(b) and (d) of the UEW Disciplinary Rules. You were, therefore, subject to discipline under Statutes 36 of the UEW Statutes.
- After discussing the report of the Disciplinary Board at its meeting held on 7th March 2019, and in accordance with Statute 36 of the VFW Statutes, the Governing Council summarily dismissed you from the service of the University with immediate effect.
Therefore, write on behalf of the Governing Council of the University of Education, Winneba to summarily dismiss you from the employment of the University with immediate effect.