KNUST Saga: Parents Angry At Napo

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Angry parents of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) who was recently arrested, has questioned the silence of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Minister of Education, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh, on the recent violent clash between students and some security officers on campus.

The students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) were arrested for holding a vigil on campus without authorization.

They were assaulted by the internal security of the university and 11 of them, including an alumnus, were arrested and detained at the KNUST police station.

A parent, who spoke to Accra-based Citi FM, said: “I saw some of the students and you could see visible marks. I spoke with the Commander that this is what I had seen and I do not think it is good.

“There is a boy who is currently on admission but for his injuries, he would have been in custody by now. They arrested and beat him.”

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One of the students is currently on admission at the KNUST Hospital after he was allegedly manhandled by the school’s internal security during the vigil.

According to the Public Relations Officer of the KNUST, Kwame Yeboah, the ban was placed following the conversion of all male halls into mixed halls.

He explained that the decision was arrived at because “the school authorities felt that the ‘morale’ activities, which involves singing in groups while moving about and doing other things could disturb the peace on campus”, adding that, “Usually when they have these activities, it causes problems at the school.”

He added that during the vigil, the organisers blocked access to hall residents.

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