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UDS Wa Campus Closed Down

2009-02-25 19:35:01
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The Executive Committee of the University for Development Studies (UDS) has indefinitely closed down the Wa Campus of the university, effective from Wednesday February 25, 2009. Over 5,000 students representing half of the entire students' population of the UDS are affected by the decision.

According to a letter dated February 24, 2009, issued and signed by the Acting Registrar of the UDS, Mr. S.M. Kuu-ire, the decision was necessitated by the long standing "agitations, continued boycott of lectures by students, in spite of the intervention by various stakeholders and the growing concern for security of students, lecturers and facilities".

The letter was copied to the Acting Vice Chancellor, the Pro-Vice Chancellor, Deans of Wa, Navrongo, Nyankpala, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, all Regional Coordinating Directors (Northern Sector) and the National Council for Tertiary Education, among others.

The letter entreated all resident students of the Wa Campus to vacate their Halls of residence by 4:00pm on Wednesday February 25, 2009.

It would be recalled that the Students Representative Council (SRC) of the Wa Campus has since November 2008 been demanding for the head of the Acting Vice Chancellor of the UDS, Professor Kaku Sagari Nokoe for suspending the Central SRC President, Naab Alphonse for some alleged misconducts.

The action was protested against by the other members of the SRC who forced other students to boycott lectures, staged series of demonstrations and allegedly attempted to destroy properties belonging to the University.

The SRC President was accused of holding several interviews and radio programmes without permission from the university authority.

Currently, the SRC members in solidarity with the suspended President took the Acting Vice Chancellor to Court (suit number F23/30/09) after he had failed to revoke the suspension.

The Court case, according to information picked up by The Chronicle has disrupted the proceedings of the Ad hoc Committee set up by the University Council to investigate the alleged misconducts of Mr. Naab Alphonse.

When contacted, the Acting Vice Chancellor, Prof Sagari Nokoe expressed worry about the decision which he said would affect the students in acquiring or securing the 75% minimum attendance mark to pass their exams.

He however, said that the decision would help protect lives and properties at the campus, since the aggrieved SRC members were ready to take the laws into their own hands at any time.

Prof Nokoe disclosed that the Academic Board of the University would meet from time to time to discuss when the students would be allowed to return to the classroom.


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