-A KNUST lecturer has come after Kwesi Pratt for comments he made about the institution
-Kwesi Pratt has early on made some derogatory remarks about the university's inability to solve the nation's problems.
The Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper, Kwesi Pratt, is in trouble for comments made about the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
A Senior Lecturer at the Department of Chemistry of the university has come after him for saying the school cannot even manufacture solar panels or do anything to help solve any of the nation’s problems.
“We have a University of Science and Technology which is more than 50 years but in the entire nation, we can’t construct a battery and solar panel…This is extremely disturbing…What happened to the Science and Technology?” Mr. Pratt reportedly said on Peace FM’s “Kokrokoo” morning show on Tuesday.
The lecturer, Mr. Richard Tia, who is not happy with the comment has responded to Kwesi Pratt’s comments.
“I am not sure I know what Mr. Kwesi Pratt wants to see to know that KNUST can make a solar cell. Is he expecting a factory on campus fabricating solar cells or he expects to see KNUST-branded solar cells in the market.
I am afraid none of the two is the mandate of the university, and if I were its leader, we won’t do anything of the sort. Our job is to create the knowledge based on which the solar cell fabrication will be done, and then in partnership with investors, the patent holders set up companies to do their business.”
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Mr. Tia continued to say that the nation doesn’t care how lecturers do their job after they have employed them.
“They employ you as a scientist in the university and they give you an office (if you are lucky), a white board marker and a duster and they wish you good luck. How you fund your research is your business.
I have a colleague who took a loan from his wife to buy the basic equipment he needed to start his research program! What happens to those of us who don’t have rich wives, or have no wives at all?”
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