KNUST Students Demo: Education Minister To Meet Management, Students Tomorrow

Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, will hold a crunch meeting between student leadership and management of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) on Tuesday, 23 October 2018.

Director of Communications at the Education Ministry, Vincent Ekow Assafuah, said in a statement on Monday, 22 October 2018, that a delegation from the ministry is expected at the tertiary institution “to meet the university authorities and the students” following protests which has resulted in the destruction of properties by the aggrieved students.

The ministry has also appealed for calm in order to find an amicable solution to the fracas between the university authorities and the students.

Soldiers were deployed to the campus on Monday to augment efforts by the police to control the rowdy students.

Scores of the soldiers arrived in several vehicles after the students mounted roadblocks, burnt tyres on the streets within campus and vandalised property including cars which belong to lecturers.

Thousands of aggrieved students took part in what was meant to be a peaceful demonstration but the situation escalated into chaos.

Meanwhile, the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) has condemned the alleged assault of some 10 students and an alumnus, who were arrested by the police on Friday, 19 October 2018, for holding a vigil on campus without authorisation.

The situation caused some angry parents to storm the KNUST police station to demand the release of their children. The students were later released but the university said it will not rest on the matter.

NUGS, in a statement, said it supports the demonstration by the students as well as their boycott of lectures.

NUGS has called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, to “constitute a committee to investigate the matter and bring the perpetrators to book to serve as a deterrent to others” who may want to infringe upon the rights of students.

News Reporter

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