The Academic Staff Association – Njala University (ASA-NU) has condemned the decision taken by the Ministry of Technical and Higher Education in dismissing the Pro-Chancellor and the Vice Chancellor and Principal of Njala University.
Condemning the decision, ASA stated that the actions of the Ministry contravene the University Act of 2005, noting that any legal report on the performance of the Vice Chancellor and Principal must come from the Chairman of the University Court who is the Pro-Chancellor.
That the Ministry of Higher Education relied on unofficial sources of information in making uninformed decisions which are destroying higher institutions of learning in the country and also has the tendency of destroying the Free Quality Education (FQE) flagship programme of President Bio.
ASA also maintained that the appointment of the new Acting Vice Chancellor and Principal clearly violates the University Act of 2005 which states that in the absence of substantive Vice Chancellor and Principal (for any reason whatsoever), the Pro-Vice Chancellor acts.
“The appointment of the new Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal blatantly violates the 2005 Universities Act. This Act says that in the absence of the Substantive Vice-Chancellor and Principal (for any reason whatsoever), the Pro-Vice Chancellor acts. So to have another Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal when there is a legally appointed Pro-Vice Chancellor by the highest body of the University (which is the Court) is in contravention of the Act,” ASA stated.
That such appointment is made starting with a Search Committee which is jointly set by the University Court and the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), noting that the committee will then advertise, interview and recommend to the Ministry which will then submit to the Chancellor for approval.
They affirmed that the above procedures were not followed in the appointment of the new Acting Vice Chancellor and Principal which is a deliberate violation of the 2005 University Act.