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Students re-sumes back to school today - KNUST.

School re-sumes today at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)  after the closure of the school for 3weeks from a violent protest led by the students.

 

Lectures, according to school authorities, are to begin on Monday while students will be expected to write their semester exams after their Christmas break.  It comes after a new council of the university was put together after a protracted disagreement between lecturers and government over the composition of the council with only six memebers on board.

Lectures have already expressed satisfaction with the turn of events that led to the school being reopened. The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) said it will ensure that its members will work to recover the time lost, and called off the strike it had started over the dissolution of the KNUST Governing Council. Samuel Boadi Kusi, the National Secretary for UTAG, said “Once they [students] come, UTAG is ever ready. All other sister unions are ever ready to make sure we teach,” he added. Meanwhile, the Education Minister, Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has told the Students Representative Council of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to brace itself to face the consequences of their actions. According to the Education Minister, any student found culpable in the destruction of university property will be held responsible and punished accordingly.

The government constituted an interim University council after it closed down the school which angered some unions in the school leading to the strike. But a new council was eventually constituted and sworn-in, adding only six new members. The new members comprise Nana Effah Apenteng, a retired diplomat and Omanhene of Bompata traditional Area; Hilda Hagar Ampadu, public health specialist, Stephen Anoff Amoaning-Yankson, President of the Ghana Institute of Engineers, Alex Quaynor, a private legal practitioner, Nana Agyei Baffour Awuah and Alhaji Yakub A.B. Abubakar.

Background
The protests started after the arrest of 10 students and one alumnus of the school. The students were arrested for holding a vigil on campus without permission, according to the school authorities. The Executive Council of the SRC said the demonstration was needed to convey students’ frustration over disrespect and oppression by the school. The Police arrested 20 students following the protest which turned violent. A day later, the school was closed down indefinitely. The destruction caused to over forty lecturers’ cars alone excluding damage to university properties, was estimated at GHc 1.6 million.

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