Tensions between students and management of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) have calmed in recent days following the violent protests from the former earlier this week.
On Monday some students went on rampage destroying school properties and ransacking cars belonging to school authorities in a bid to register their displeasure with what they termed as oppression.
This came after some 11 students including an alumnus of the university were arrested and put behind bars at the KNUST police station.
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The students were reportedly beaten and brutalised by the university’s security personnel before being handed to the police for holding a vigil without permission.
Initially the demonstration was meant to be peaceful, but it turned chaotic after the students were incensed by a message from the Dean of Students trying to stop them from going on with it.
In the meantime, the SRC has been having deliberations with the Education Ministry and the school’s management on the way forward to resolve the issue.
Following a series of meeting, the SRC came out with some demands which they want students to be enjoying when school resumes.
Below are nine things the students are likely to enjoy, as per the SRC’s demands:
1. Return to previous hall/college week celebration schedules. All hall celebrations will be celebrated separately.
2. Open engagement with students regularly (Have an open forum with students to get to know their concerns). Also, students will be treated with respect and dignity-unnecessary harassment from any quarters in their residential life will be promptly attended to.
3. Reverse decisions to consolidate/centralise all student association accounts.
4. Complete lift of ban on morale.
5. Accommodate UNITY and UNIVERSITY hall executives. They should be given the respect due them and also recognition to function as constitutionally elected executives.
6. University management to assure students the happening of student brutality by security personnel will not happen and ensure the safety of students on campus.
7. Re-orientation of campus security personnel. Their limits should be well-defined.
8. University to provide medical care for affected brutalised students.
9. That in light of moving forward a reconciliation approach rather than punitive should be adopted. The end goal of the mediation program is to heal the divides involved.
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