Education Minister, Matthew Opoku Prempeh together with a delegation from the Ministry of Education will today, October 23rd 2018, visit the campus of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), following the chaos that has rocked the institution since Friday October 19.
Protests have turned violent on the university’s campus after school authorities allegedly manhandled some students who were having a vigil at the forecourt of the hall Friday after management of the University had served notice that it had suspended the organisation of vigils, also known as ‘morales’ in the school.
10 students, and one alumnus, were arrested on Friday and subsequently, students threatened a demonstration to register their displeasure at what they describe as ‘harsh’ treatments being meted out to them by authorities. The strike which included boycotting lectures became intense when some students in the Katanga hall in their agitation, destroyed some school property’s and ransacked the office of the Vice Chancellor.
They also burned down the official vehicle of the Dean of Students and ransacked security post on the school’s premises. The Education Ministry, in a statement dated 22nd October and signed by Director of Communications, Vincent Ekow Assafuah indicated that a delegation will be sent to deliberate with authorities on the ongoing raucous to find lasting solutions.
The delegation “led by the Minister, Hon. Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh will meet the university authorities and students tomorrow 23rd October 2018 at 10 am.” it further stated.
The Ministry also urged all sides involved in the issue to remain calm as a ‘first step to resolving the difficulties’.
Below is the full statement