15 July 2017

Court slaps 14-day ultimatum on Ministry of Education to reconstitute UEW Council

A High Court in Winneba has slapped a 14-day ultimatum on the Ministry of Education to constitute to reconstitute the governing Council of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW).

The decision of the court was triggered by a suit filed against the university by one Supi Kofi Kwayera.

In the view of the Plaintiff, although there is no governing Council for the UEW, two of its employees, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mawutor Avoke and the Finance Officer, were operating in that capacity, a situation he considered illegal, hence, the court against the duo.

Prof. Avoke and the school’s Finance Officer, as part of the court’s ruling on Friday, were told to step aside until the final determination of the case.

The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) on July 11, 2017, also issued a two-week ultimatum to the government to reconstitute the Universities’ Council or incur their wrath if it fails to do so.

“The Acts establishing all Public Universities require that University Councils preside over or have oversight responsibility on the administration of Public Universities. It is common knowledge that the absence of statutory boards like the University Councils almost incapacitates the smooth and cohesive running of the Public Universities in Ghana, and therefore, cannot carry out their legitimate businesses properly anda s independent academic institutions. In effect, all the Public Universities in the country are ina state of some sort of inertia,” UTAG in a statement signed by its President, Dr. Harry Agbanu noted.


In a 23rd May 2017 writ issued, the plaintiff adduced that in November 2009, a Governing Council of the 1st Respondent (University of Education, Winneba) constituted. The said Council was to carry out its functions until its mandate lapsed after two years.

It noted that after the end of the two years, the tenure of the Governing Council was further renewed for two years certain thus its mandate expired in November 2013.

However, the 2nd Respondent (the Ministry of Education) failed to constitute a new Governing Council for the 1st Respondent after the mandate of the said Governing Council had lapsed, but rather allowed and permitted the defunct Governing Council which had no mandate whatsoever to continue the functions of a properly constituted Governing Council as if same had been properly constituted.

This Mr. Kwayera finds as unlawful and hence his legal action against the University of Education, Winneba.

However, before the substantive claims are looked into, the University, through its counsel, applied to the court to dismiss the suit on the three counts mentioned above. But the substantive case can now go ahead once their application has been dismissed.

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