Management of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) has set a University-wide COVID-19 task force to ensure strict compliance of the safety protocols on campus.The University-wide task force comprises all Management members of the University, Deans, Directors, Heads of Department, Graduate Student and SRC Leadership, all security personnel and all class reps.
This was revealed on Friday, 5th February, 2021, during the first monthly meeting between Management and all student leaders for the 2021 academic year at the Jophus Anamuah-Mensah Conference Centre, North Campus, Winneba.The Vice-Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni, in his remarks, informed all student leaders that they were the ones joining in the leadership of the University adding, it may appear as though what they would be doing as Class Representatives may be too difficult. He, therefore, urged them to work in teams.
“Work in a team so that all the things that are required of you, do not necessarily have to be done by yourselves. So, work in a team. If we do not follow the protocols, we may be forced to close down the University”.
Rev. Fr. Prof. Afful-Broni stated that Management would be leading the charge and also rely on the expertise of the health Directorate with the support of the Deans, Directors and Heads of Department and the student leadership to ensure that the safety protocols are strictly adhered to.
“I am charging all Deans to have a meeting with the lecturers because sometimes Management would plan all sort of great things and you would find some lecturers going against what the University would want to do. I will do whatever is necessary with the support of my Management team here to protect you, each one of you. Let us not get to that level where we will be harsh because I have never been known to be a harsh person. I am harsh at indiscipline but I love my students. I will be willing to die for my students,” he stressed.
The Ag. Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Andy Ofori-Birikorang, on his part, made them aware that every community is led by some leaders and is the leaders who make decisions for the community to run effectively.
“In other words, we believe that if we will be able to defeat COVID-19 on this campus, we need to come out strongly as leaders to take some decisions and actions to abide by the safety protocols. So, by asking you to take some leadership responsibility, we are asking you to do what is required of you as a leader in the classroom, at the junior common room level and the student representative level,” the Ag. Pro-Vice-Chancellor said.
The Registrar, Surv. Paul Osei-Barima Esq., in his purpose for the meeting, reiterated that the Rev. Fr. Prof. Afful-Broni led administration has at the core of its values student centredness.
“What the Management has decided doing is that all the Class Reps, all the hall executives, all SRC leaders are members of the UEW COVID-19 task force team as well as all Management members from the Vice-Chancellor to staff, are all members of the task force. As a result, we are going to give each one of you here COVID-19 task force tags.
“This is to embolden you to ensure that all students comply with the safety protocols. What we are expecting of you as Class Reps is to report at the lecture venues 15 minutes before the time to ensure that all students who enter the lecture halls have their nose masks on, ensure that lecturers put on their nose masks as well, and ensure that students use hand sanitisers at the lecture halls.
The Class Reps will be the last to sit for the lectures and the last to leave the lecture halls.
The University will supply you with hand sanitisers and nose masks to execute your duties efficiently,” the Registrar noted. The Director of Health Services, UEW, Dr. Beth Offei-Awuku said that “If all of us do the right things; keep our masks on, keep our hands clean, keep our environment clean, we will see that COVID-19 can be defeated. But for a long time, we haven’t been doing the right things, that is why we see the positive cases increasing. So, please let’s do everything within our power to help save this community and keep all of us in school so that academic work can go on”.