The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) has blamed the violent protest that occured at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) on the conversion of some all-male halls into mixed ones.
The president of NUGS, Frank Amoakohene told Mugabe Maase on ‘Inside Politics’ on Radio XYZ 93.1 that the students had kicked against the conversion, but the authorities would not listen to them.
To him, the decision must be rescinded to make way for peace to prevail in the school.
“We petitioned the president and other stakeholders but we did not get any feedback from them until the hall conversion took place,” he lamented.
Frank has therefore called on the Minister of education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, the President, Nana Akufo-Addo to swiftly attend to the matter and listen to the wish of the students.
The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi has been shut down indefinitely, following a student rampage that took place in the school on Monday.
The decision to shut down the school was taken after a security meeting was held in the school which was chaired by the Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr Simon Osei Mensah.
The shutdown follows a student rampage on campus Monday morning that destroyed properties worth running into hundreds of thousands of cedis that stemmed from a misunderstanding between the students and the school authorities.
The aggrieved students burned down the official vehicle of the Dean of Students and reportedly ransacked the Vice Chancellor’s office. They also ransacked the security post on the school premises, where all security personnel fled.
The students claim the schools management is brutalizing them after school authorities accused the students of engaging in illegal ‘morale’ activities which included drumming during a hall week celebration last weekend. The misunderstanding and tussle between the students and the school’s security officials led to the arrest of some eleven students and one student left brutalised.
XYZ News reporter in the Ashanti Region, Jonathan Ofori, said on ‘Inside Politics’ that the KNUST campus has been relatively rowdy after the conversion of some all-male halls into mixed ones.
He said it is believed that the conversion which has brought about some changes in the usual ‘morale’ chanting in the school.
He said the aggrieved students want the Vice Chancellor of the school, Professor Kwasi Obiri-Danso to vacate his post following the conversion.
The Ashanti Regional Security Council (RESEC) has since imposed a dusk to dawn curfew on campus to control the situation as police launch investigations into the barbaric act.
Ghanaian students are expected to leave the school by midday on Tuesday, Jonathan reported as a decision from the security council meeting which took place earlier.
However, the foreign students will be given protection in their hostels until the matter is resolved, hopefully, in a few days.