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Reconstitution of KNUST Council in right direction – TEWU

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The Chairman of Teachers and Education Workers Union (TEWU), KNUST Branch, Charles Arthur has said that the union does not feel vindicated but are of the view that the right thing has been done with regards to the reconstitution of the governing council of KNUST.

Speaking in an interview with Ibrahim Kwarteng on Radio Ghana’s Current Affairs Programme ‘BEHIND THE NEWS’, Mr. Arthur added that TEWU is happy that whatever the union said has become a reality.

He said the union is grateful to God, government and the various stakeholders that finally the university has been reopened for academic work to be resumed as scheduled on Monday, November 19, 2018.

He confirmed that a current statement has been released by the union to inform Ghanaians that TEWU as a union has quitted their strikes and meetings with immediate effect to prepare to work.

The TEWU Chairman gave assurance that the union will meet today to declare to its members that work is fully resuming on Thursday, 15th November 2018 hence, are preparing to meet students on Friday.

He said with regards to the destruction of the school properties, the chancellor, Otumfuor Osei Tutu II has expressed his interest in the matter and declared that blames should not be apportioned to any one yet until investigations are done.

BACKGROUND:

A fresh governing council has been constituted and new members sworn into office by the Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh for the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

The meeting was done in consultation with the Ashanti Regional Security Council.

The constitution of the council took place after a meeting of the schools interim governing council Tuesday, November 13, 2018. A retired diplomat, Nana Effah Apenteng and a public health specialist Hilda Hagar Ampadu were members from the interim council and maintained on the new council.

Other members who were sworn in include President of the Ghana Institute of Engineers, Stephen Anoff Amoaning, a private legal practitioner, Nana Agyei Baffour Awuah and Alhaji Yakub A. B. Abubakar.

In addition to the newly sworn members to make up the new governing council are Charles Arthur ( TEWU President), Kelvin Sah, Eunice Amoako, Isaac Dadzie, Alhaji Ahmed Yakub, Prof Eric Forkuo, Nimo Baffour, Prof Kwasi Obiri-Danso, and Rita Akosua Dickson.

The Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh stated that the reconstitution of the council has come at a sensitive point and requires clear leadership and direction from the council as a matter of urgency to get academic work back on track.

The Chairman of the Council, Nana Effah Apenteng is a representative of government. The 15 member council also includes three additional government representatives.

However, the chancellor, Otumfuor Osei Tutu 11 has announced the setting up of a five member committee to be headed by a judge to conduct investigations the violence which resulted in the destruction of the school properties.

The previous governing council of KNUST was dissolved as a result of a student-management squabble whereby some students ended up in a serious protest and acts of vandalism of the school’s properties which led to the shutdown of the school. The total estimated cost of the loss amounted to GHC 1.6 million.

An interim council was constituted by government after the closedown of the university. Government ordered the chancellor of KNUST, Otumduor Osei Tutu 11 to reconstitute a new governing body to replace the interim council.

However, the reconstitution which was expected on the 8th of November 2018 was not possible due to disagreements amongst the stakeholders, which are the government and the unions.

There were opposition to the maintaining members of the council representing the various unions which are the Senior Staff Association (SSA), Ghana Association of University Administrators (GAUA), the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), and the Teachers and Education Workers Union (TEWU).

The unions resolved to strikes citing that government was not following due procedure in resolving the issue between the management of the university and the students.

The members of the union have finally called off their strikes and decided to resume work officially.

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