Four things that Ghanaians have got wrong about KNUST violence

Four things that Ghanaians have got wrong about KNUST violence

In the last week, the campus of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has witnessed violence between students and school security. The leadership of the students has spoken on what caused this.

Interestingly, the troubles have made new heroes and villains out of some people. For one, the president of the students' council, Kelvin Sah has been hailed.

But in the midst of all of this, what has been lost is the idea that facts matter even if the events are overwhelming.

Many in the public have got certain things wrong. therefore lists and clarifies four main things that have been misunderstood.

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1. The misunderstanding is not because of mixed halls

On a number of occasions since violence broke out on the campus of KNUST, many have drawn conclusions based on the fact that students are still angry about the gender mixing in some traditional halls.

Time and again since the beginning of the week, students and their leadership have had to clarify.

They have said their issue was with an administration that forces its way and looks on as security brutalise students.

2. Students could not build a case against school security

In an interview on Metro TV that was monitored by, the leadership of KNUST SRC explained that the mistreatment they got from school security was an issue that had persisted for a while.

According to them, because the school security uniforms had no name tags, students found it hard to identify their harassers and assaulters.

In their non-negotiable demands in the aftermath of the violence, the students asked for name tags for security.

3. Some of the issues precede Vice-Chancellor Obiri-Danso

On social media, it is easy to think that the students' biggest problem is with embattled Vice-Chancellor Kwasi Obiri-Danso.

But from what was gathered by in the interviews and press releases of the SRC, some of the problems are not the doing of the VC.

For instance, Afiba Harrison of the SRC lamented the way past administrations have managed to keep SRCs in tight corners, thereby limiting their influence.

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4. It does not seem like national politics are involved here

A regional executive of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) blamed the violence on the campus of KNUST on the Presidency.

According to the executive, the students felt they have been let down by failed promises that came from the Minister of Education.

But in their official statements on the matter, the SRC of KNUST has never sought to blame the government for the school's problems.

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