The University of Education, Winneba is currently shut down following violent protests Thursday.

This follows a standoff between the students and the Vice-Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Professor Anthony Afful-Broni over the dismissal of some lecturers.

The students went on a rampage and smashed windows and glass doors of buildings on the Winneba campus of the university.

On Wednesday evening, they burnt tyres and clashed with the police, Joy News’ Richard Kwadwo Nyarko reported.

Announcing the decision to close down the school, Central Regional Minister, who is the Chairman of the Regional Security Council (REGSEC) said “every passing day, the level of insecurity [on campus] increases…”

“So on the advice of the Regional Security Council, we cannot continue to allow the university to be in session,” Kwamena Duncan said.

The students have until 6:00 pm Thursday to leave campus, the Minister added.

What caused the protests?

Principal of the College of Languages Education at Ajumako, Prof. Ephraim Avea Nsoh was sacked because he had not been cooperating with other management members, the Daily Graphic has reported.

Also, the local President of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), Dr. Frimpong Kakyire Duku, was sacked after initiating legal action against his employer “without any cause” and without exhausting internal procedures.

A former Alumni President who was representing the alumni on the University Council, Dr. Emmanuel Osei Sarpong, was sacked 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.

UTAG backing

The students have since demonstrated their displeasure with the sacking of their lecturers.

They chanted “bring back our lecturers,” taking inspiration from the campaign hashtag, #BringBack.

UTAG has declared solidarity for the student protests but cautioned against excesses.