The Minority Caucus in Parliament wants President Nana Akufo-Addo to with immediate effect sack the Minister of Education, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh and the Minister in charge of Tertiary Education, Prof Kwasi Yankah or they humbly resign themselves.
According to the minority, the duo publicly endorsed the hall conversion policy implemented by the KNUST and described it as government's policy.
The minority made the demand at a press conference addressed by its leader Hon Haruna Iddrisu at Parliament House on Monday amidst the crisis at KNUST.
The Minority condemned the attempt to scapegoat the Vice Chancellor of KNUST Prof Kwasi Obiri-Danso and hold him solely responsible for the current crisis at the university.
The minority also condemned what it described as government's unlawful conduct in dissolving the Council of KNUST and called for immediate reversal of the decision.
Hon Haruna Iddrisu criticised government's attempt to undermine the authority of the Chancellor of the KNUST, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and disrupt his mediation efforts he had commenced to resolve the impasse.
Government tasked the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, who is also the Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, (KNUST) to reconstitute the governing council of the university that was dissolved last week.
After a marathon meeting on Monday, government also disclosed that the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) have decided to call off their strike.
Meanwhile, the university is expected to re-open on November 8, for academic work to resume.
The latest decision by government came after massive pressure by UTAG, TEWU, OccupyGhana and several bodies called on government to reinstate the previous governing council.
The governing council was dissolved after riots by students led to the destruction of school properties including over 40 vehicles and motorbikes.
The university was immediately shut down and the Vice Chancellor Prof. Obiri-Danso asked to step aside.
Read Below a Copy of The Statement
UPDATE ON KNUST IMPASSE
1. On Monday 22. October, 2018, violence and extensive destruction of property was reported on the campus of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology following a demonstration by students of the University.
2. The Government of Ghana in light of the dire security situation intervened by closing down the University. dissolving the University Council and in its place, setting up an Interim Governing Council, The National Council for Tertiary Education on Thursday October 25, 2018 also directed the KNUST Vice Chancellor to handover temporarily to the Pro Vice Chancellor as pan of the emergency and interim measures. These measures were immediately necessary to restore order while preparing fora reopening of the University.
3. The Council was dissolved because Government holds it ultimately responsible for the failure of adequately manage internal matters of the University leading to a breakdown of law and order. The interim measures were necessary to protect lives and property.
4. On Monday 29th October, 2018, Government requested the Chancellor of the University to Rod the next stops in reconstituting the University Council in accordance with the University’s statute and relevant laws. Council is expected to be reconstituted by Friday November 2, 2018. The reconstituted Council will then take over from the Interim Governing Council.
5. Government has subsequently engaged with UTAG and updated the Association accordingly. UTAG has undertaken restore services, corporate in resolution efforts and encourage other stakeholders to join resolution efforts.
6. In accordance with the earlier directive by the President of the Republic, the University is expected to re-open by November 8, 2018 for normal academic work to resume.
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