KNUST Security Heightened Amid TEWU Threats Over Vice-Chancellor Election

by Louisa Afful
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Security measures are heightened at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) following threats from the Tertiary Education Workers Union (TEWU) of Ghana. The union has warned of potential disruptions to a Council meeting scheduled to elect a new Vice-Chancellor.

TEWU-Ghana alleges that university management has marginalized them by favouring a rival union’s representative in the Council meeting. The Council is slated to reconvene on Thursday, June 20, 2024, after failing to endorse Prof. Rita Akosua Dickson for a second term in a previous session.

Amidst an ongoing legal dispute at the Kumasi High Court, both TEWU-Ghana and TEWU-TUC (Trade Union Congress) have had their memberships on the 12-member Council suspended. TEWU-Ghana claims there are efforts to allow TEWU-TUC representatives into the Council, despite their breakaway from TEWU-TUC in June 2022, garnering the majority of members’ support.

Since 2019, TEWU has lacked representation on the KNUST University Council, a requirement under Section 7 (h) of the KNUST statutes mandating the inclusion of a representative from the teachers and education workers union.

The situation remains tense as the Council prepares to proceed with the election amid these disputes.

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