KNUST students triumph as authorities reverse four ‘oppressive’ policies

KNUST students triumph as authorities reverse four ‘oppressive’ policies

Authorities of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) have reversed some policies after a students' protest against ‘a culture of oppression and disrespect’ turned violent Monday, YEN.com.gh has learnt.

According to a report sighted by YEN.com.gh on Myjoyonline.com, the reversals were contained in a statement issued by the Student Representative Council and signed by the school's current Student Representative Council (SRC) president, Kelvin Sah

It followed negotiations between the university authorities and the Student Representative Council as the school entered the third day after its closure.

KNUST students triumph as authorities reverse four ‘oppressive’ policies

Some demonstrators. Credit: YEN.com.gh

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As part of several concessions made by university management, there was an agreement to reinstate constitutionally elected executives of Unity and University halls of residence who were summarily removed from office by the university authorities.

The student leaders who are third-year students were deemed unfavourable by the university authorities who subsequently installed first-year students as replacements.

But the affected student leaders can return to their leadership roles and in a further concession, their residential statuses have been restored after they were thrown out of the main campus.

There was also a return to the practice of allowing each hall to schedule its own hall week celebrations cancelled by the authorities in favour of a consolidated celebration by all the halls of residence.

The university management has agreed to allow student associations to operate their own accounts after all student bodies had their accounts consolidated.

In a triumph of student activism, the students have also secured a complete lifting of the ban on jamborees better known as ‘morale’, a cacophonous singing, chanting and drumming which authorities tried to crackdown.

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That crackdown resulted in student brutalities and clashes with the school’s internal security with the most recent one occurring last Saturday leaving 11 injured.

Within 48 hours of the incident, the SRC embarked on a peaceful protest which quickly turned violent leading to damage to dozens of vehicles and school properties.

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.

Students of the school 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.

The aftermath of the demonstration led to government closing down the school indefinitely with the governing council of the school being dissolved.

An interim seven-member council has been formed to work expeditiously to reopen the school in 14 days.

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