NCTE Meets Over College Riots

The National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) will have an emergency meeting in Accra on Wednesday December 2, 2015, following the mass dismissal of students in some Colleges of Education, especially in the Ashanti Region.

The principals of the various colleges and their respective Students Representative Councils are expected to come up with a solution to deal with the recent crises.

A number of trainee teachers of the Wesley College of Education in Kumasi, who were involved in protests on Tuesday, are reported to have been brutalised by police leading to several of them being wounded.

Wesley College  demonstration in pictures

Reports indicate they were beaten with sticks and rubber whips as they picketed the school’s premises.The students are against a new policy, which stipulates that students, who are referred in examinations, pack out and go home.

Meanwhile the principal of the Wesley College of Education, Eric Fameyeh, has told journalists that though their sacking is regrettable; there was little they could do to help the situation.

The Wesley College of Education is affiliated to the University of Cape Coast in the Central Region.

“The new regulation is that you must pass all the courses you are taking and your GPA must not be less than 1.0.

“If you are referred in any, or all of the papers, you are given a chance to re-sit in September. Those, who are dismissed are those, who have been given the chance to do the re-sit and have failed,” he stated.

Class FM’s Ashanti Regional Correspondent Frank Jackson told Naa Dedei Tettey on Class Midday News that the students presented a petition requesting the school to reinstate them, pay back the monies collected as fees, and make their failed colleagues re-sit their papers.

He said the students have resolved to press home their demands until the authorities address the situation.

A similar incident resulted in the shutdown of the Mampong Technical College of Education two weeks ago. Just Monday, the Akrokerri Teacher Training College was also closed down following similar violent protests.

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