The absence of a governing council has pushed the Management and the Academic Board of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) to postpone indefinitely, its 2018/2019 students graduation ceremony.
The graduation ceremony to take place on their Winneba, Kumasi and Ashanti Mampong campuses was scheduled for Monday 22 July to Saturday, July 27.
However, the last Governing Council’s tenure of office expired on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, putting a stop to the much-advertised ceremony.
According to the university, the prevailing circumstance is beyond their control but promises to get the government to work on setting up the new council.
“New dates for the Congregation shall be announced as soon as the Governing Council is reconstituted for the University,” the statement read.
Students who were unhappy with the change of plans, took to social media to share their opinion.
— CatBONSO❤️🌹 (@ElikemStrokz) July 19, 2019
His Excellency Pls come and solve our governing Council of the UEW problem for us so that we can have our peaceful graduation to get our certificate.— Michael K Baah (@MichaelKBaah4) July 20, 2019
Oh you don't know erh— Awola👧 (@brie_Nocturnal) July 20, 2019
Only in UEW
Mmmmm. Uew administration just they make we students feel with jokers...— shardow (@amiina_shardow) July 19, 2019
University of errors and worries mpa...
And am still wondering why we have SRC executives ... Are they really working... https://t.co/HYOtgVGMja
The uncensored, non gratifying experiences I shared for a period of 4 years just for the fact that I was a student of UEW they say wasn't enough. At this point there is nothing more demeaning than this.@kobby_kyei @Kofi_Seven @KwekuAmoah https://t.co/mxkjEXWevP— Goodwill kodua (@Collinskodua) July 19, 2019
I always wonder what is happening to this our Noble institution. Is it sabotaging, incompetence or corruption? UEW, ur name is in our Heart. #Animal_farm— joseph asante (@ajsefen) July 19, 2019
Yea, but....emails.... https://t.co/Gx7gVe3u0z— Daniel Martin (@marti431uew) July 14, 2019
Uew’s problems have been there since. The media houses know about it. They’ve discussed it with their pundits every morning and I know they’re tired to talk about it again.
What can a hashtag change??
— CatBONSO❤️🌹 (@ElikemStrokz) July 19, 2019
Very unfortunate 😌— Riches (@ahiakah_richard) July 19, 2019
Hmmm uew again, what at all is this, God save as— Mubasir (@Mubasir27491776) July 19, 2019
u people should jxt put their certificate in their portals for dem to print it in their homes... Nkwasiaa line sei— Dhat ßoiy Germinae (@germicrane) July 20, 2019
This Uni don't respect the students at all, you only take decisions that suits your comforts. People have traveled from far distances with relatives waking up reading this news. Indeed @uew_official leaders are incompetents.— M A R C B R I G H T (@marc_bright6) July 20, 2019
You have done it again.
What do you get when you frustrate students. Time shall tell— Raja Mascot (getho counselor) (@Rajamascot1) July 20, 2019
I pray for my Alma Mata— Hayford Asante (@HayfordAsante15) July 20, 2019
Since 2017, the University of Education, Winneba has been going through some turbulent times.
The controversy started when in 2017, the governing council of the University asked then Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mawutor Avoke and four other top officials to step aside.
This was after one Supi Kofi Kwayera suspected to be a front for the MP for the area, Alexander Afenyo Markin, filed a complaint alleging financial and procurement irregularities against them.
Not long after that, the Supreme Court quashed a decision by the High Court in Winneba that found Prof. Avoke and another guilty of these procurement and other financial irregularities.
Prof. Avoke who had been demanding reinstatement after the Supreme Court ruling was replaced with the current Vice-Chancellor Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni.
The dust seemed to have been settling until the current Vice-Chancellor sacked three lecturers thought to be influential, for varying reasons including failing to cooperate with management and instituting legal action the school.
The MP for the area who fell-out with the Prof. Afful-Broni assured the public that the sacked lecturers would be reinstated but this was contradicted by the University Council.
Students went on a demonstration to register their displeasure over the dismissal of the lecturers.
The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) then demanded the removal of the Vice-Chancellor and the Chairman of the University’s Council Prof. Nicholas Abakah accusing them of wrongfully promoting the latter.