Temporal closure of university, UEW authorities tell students.

The University of Education Winneba is appealing to students not to be disheartened by a High court decision ordering the shutdown of the school.

Steve Van Kamasa, Public Relations Officerfor the University,stated that the injunction ordering the closure is temporary and will expire on Friday. The University is battling a court case brought against it by a former Assemblyman of Donkoryiem, Supi Kofi Kwayera over the continuous stay of the school’s Council.

“We were all aware of a number of challenges that were going on legally regarding the elections, so the directive came that all councils whose terms were going to expire should hold on,” she told Parliament on June 23, 2016. But displeased by the development, the businessman in a suit filed at a Winneba High Court wants all the decisions taken by the Council to be declared null and void.

Mr Kwayera is also seeking the declaration that the extension of the mandate of the Governing Council by the University and Education Ministry was in breach of Section 8 of Act 972. “We were all aware of a number of challenges that were going on legally regarding the elections…so the directive came that all councils whose terms were going to expire should hold on,” she told Parliament on June 23, 2016.

But displeased by the development, the businessman in a suit filed at a Winneba High Court wants all the decisions taken by the Council to be declared null and void. Mr Kwayera is also seeking the declaration that the extension of the mandate of the Governing Council by the University and Education Ministry was in breach of Section 8 of Act 972.

At a hearing at Winneba, the presiding judge, Justice Ato Graves Mills granted an injunction request by the former Assemblyman for the closure of the school. He also asked for the current Vice Chancellor of the school and other senior members to be restrained from exercising their duties. The news has been received with mixed feelings especially by students who are expected to graduate in 2017. The injunction affects over 46,000 students in all the four satellite campuses of the university located in Kumasi, Mampong, Winneba and Ajumako.

A graduate, said he will organise his colleagues to petition the government to intervene for their graduation to be held. “We are devastated by the news because the fact is that we were due for graduation in April and we did everything possible but we later heard the case has been sent to court,” he said.

“We have realised that the only thing the government understands is the ‘choo boi’ method and we will do that.” But Mr Van Kamasa explained the graduation did not take place as scheduled because government is yet to appoint its four representatives to constitute the new University Council.

“We are waiting for the government to bring us those four names,” he said, adding the university has been communicating with the Ministry to submit the names.

by:Faisal D/managingghana.com

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