From Kwesi Alfred Adams, Winneba .
The violent demonstration that occurred on the campus of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) yesterday, has forced the Central Regional Security Council, led by the Regional Minister, Kwamena Duncan, to close down the university.
Police had to fire several rounds of warning shots and teargas to disperse the rampaging students, who were marching to demand justice for three dismissed lecturers of the school.
The Vice Chancellor (VC) of UEW, Prof Anthony Afful Broni’s administration dismissed the senior lecturers, which action led to the students embarking on the protest to demand the immediate resignation of the Vice Chancellor, and reinstatement of the three dismissed lecturers.
However, what was supposed to be a peaceful protest turned violent, when the students decided to shift from the main purpose of the demonstration, to destroy school properties. This resulted in a clash with the police, who had been called as reinforcement to rein in the students.
The police fired the teargas and warning shots in a move to push back the rioting students from the North Campus, where they had converged to demand the immediate resignation of the Vice Chancellor and immediate reinstatement of the three dismissed lecturers.
The police intervention notwithstanding, the students still managed destroy billboards, the wind-screen of the Student Representative Council (SRC) bus, and notice board among others.
The three dismissed lecturers are Dr. Frimpong Kaakyire Duku, Dr Sarpong and Professor Ephraim Avea.
The three were dismissed for various reasons bordering on failure to exhaust university laid down rules in settling a dispute, and failure to attend university meeting among others.
The University Teachers Association (UTAG), which is not happy with the development, is also calling for the reinstatement of the three dismissed lecturers, and the immediate resignation of the Vice Chancellor.