The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) branch of the Teachers and Education Workers Union (TEWU), has embarked on a demonstration this morning (Monday, 29 October) in protest to the government’s dissolution of the school’s Governing Council.
The government replaced the dissolved council with a seven-member Interim Council to look into the recent disturbances on campus, which resulted in the destruction of over 40 cars and 10 motorbikes.
The Interim Council is chaired by Nana Effah Apenteng, Paramount Chief of the Bompata Traditional Area.
The committee was formed after briefs and recommendations made by the Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, after he led a high-powered delegation, including the Minister of National Security, Albert Kan-Dapaah; and the Minister-Designate for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, to Kumasi.
However, the local chapters of TEWU and the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), have rejected the Interim Council, citing exclusion, political interference, and illegalities.
Dressed in red attire, headgear, and armbands, the aggrieved members of the university marched on campus on Monday carrying placards, some of which read: “Stop this political tricks”, “Restore dissolved Council”, “Prof. Obiri, TEWU is with you”, “No Obiri-Danso, no work”.
Meanwhile, the National Council for Tertiary Education has asked the Vice-Chancellor of KNUST, Professor Kwasi Obiri-Danso, to step aside and allow the newly-constituted Interim Council to take over the affairs of the school.
The directive was revealed by the Deputy Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum on Monday, 29 October 2018.
“The status of the V-C has been communicated by the NCTE. The V-C has been asked to recuse himself till investigations are done. The investigation period may take 3 months or less,” Dr. Adutwum stated .