KNUST governing council dissolved by government

KNUST governing council dissolved by government

The governing council of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has been dissolved with immediate effect.

It follows recent developments at the University that led to students vandalizing property on the school's campus.

A demonstration by the students on Monday, October 22 turned violent prompting the Ashanti Regional Security Council (REGSEC) to order the indefinite closure of the University.

KNUST governing council dissolved by government

Demonstrators. Credit: YEN.com.gh

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The government of Ghana has stepped into the matter just days after the chaotic demonstration and has dissolved the governing council of the university.

An interim seven-member council has however been set to take over from the recently-dissolved council.

In a statement confirming the dissolution, the government "directed that the University reopens within fourteen days to enable academic work to continue."

The Interim Council, would be chaired by Nana Effah Apenteng, Paramount Chief of the Bompata Traditional Area.

This follows briefs and recommendations made by the Minister for Education, Hon. Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh after he led a high powered delegation, including the Minister for National Security, Hon. Albert Kan Dapaah and the Minister-Designate for Information, Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah to Kumasi.

The delegation sent to the school noted acts of wayward behaviour, hooliganism and incidents of violence on campus as some of the reasons leading to its final decision in order to protect life and property.

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According to the student leadership issues leading to the demonstration went beyond the university’s policy to convert all the halls of residence into mixed sex halls.

"It emerged further that the students felt oppressed by some policies of the university authorities and that they lived in fear. They believed they did not have enough opportunities for conflict resolution and dialogue with the authorities, resulting in a breakdown of trust between students and the authorities," the statement further stated.

The Ministry took the view that the governing council was not in a position to review its own processes and decisions affecting the student body to guarantee peace.

Subsequently, the Ministry of Education recommended to government the suspension of the university’s governing council and the establishment of an Interim Council.

It is the expectation of government that the interim council will work assiduously per its terms of reference to restore normalcy to the university.

KNUST governing council dissolved by government

KNUST governing council dissolution. Credit: Twitter/UTV

Earlier, YEN.com.gh reported that some aggrieved students of the school were set to demonstrate over the recent brutality meted out on students by security personnel at the University.

The student body decided to boycott classes on Monday, October 22, 2018 as a way of registering their displeasure with happenings on campus.

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However, Vice Chancellor of the school Professor Kwasi Obiri Danso, in a broadcast text message to all students, called on them to disregard the decision to boycott their lectures.

The students defied the caution from the VC and embarked on the demonstration which led to destruction of school properties and personal belongings of some employees of the school.

Aggrieved students reportedly set the car of the school's Dean of Students on fire as a way of registering their displeasure.

Other private properties were also vandalized by the students who took their frustrations over student brutality out on campus.

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