Deputy Education Minister, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa says government will study and analyze the report presented by the University of Ghana regarding the restriction on the university campus.
This, he noted will afford government the full opportunity to take appropriate action in the wake of public uproar that greeted the restriction by the authorities of the premier university.
“It is now time to study the report and after, analyze it within government. We will then decide on our next line of action”, Mr, Okudzeto Ablakwa told Joy News.
The deputy education minister was responding to a report presented to his ministry by the University of Ghana about restrictions to the use of roads on the premises of the university.
The minister of Education, Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang, in a letter dated March 18, 2014 asked authorities of the University of Ghana to explain the circumstances under which they are preventing some motorists from entering the university.
The minister requested for a formal response by Friday, March 21, 2014.
The University of Ghana, has responded Thursday, saying its decision to restrict access to the Legon campus is to protect life and property.
In a report to the Education Ministry, the University says the convenience of commuters should not be prioritized over the safety of students.
“It is the responsibility of the University Council and University Management to protect work, staff, local as well as foreign students, in the University.
The right of the University community to protection is not less important than that of any other persons. It is also the responsibility of Council and Management to protect the assets of the University as required by law.
It will therefore be negligent on the part of Council and Management not to take any actions as University assets deteriorate, lives are placed in danger and the work and integrity of the campus as a suitable learning environment are threatened.
The University Council and Management appeal for greater understanding for the actions taken.
The University is certainly undergoing significant transformation to make it a better place, befitting the nation’s premier University.
This calls for support from the Government, Parliament, the Press and the general public and not animosity and prioritization of only the convenience of commuters, who have access to university-provided alternative routes”, the report stated.
Meanwhile, the university blames the development on delayed work on the Madina-Tetteh Quarshie highway.
Speaking to Joy News, political science lecturer at the university, Dr. Aggrey Darko said work on that stretch of road must be accelerated. Story by Ghana|Myjoyonline.com|Ivy Benson/[email protected]
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