Calm must be restored at KNUST

IT is regrettable that what was supposed to be peaceful demonstration embarked upon by students of Kwame Nkrumah Science and Technology, Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, turned violent.  And in the midst of the melee, loads of both public and individual properties were destroyed.

BUT largely, it was obvious that the students’ anger was at the school authorities, which saw many of them vandalising the university’s properties. The development, therefore, compelled the Ashanti Regional Security Council (A/R REGSEC) to close down the university indefinitely and further imposing a dusk-to-dawn curfew on campus—which took immediate effect.

FOLLOWING the violent spectacle, the students were asked to leave campus by midday yesterday.  The students, we are told, were demonstrating against what they describe as the ‘tyrannical style’ of the university authorities.

YES it is our constitutional right to demonstrate against something we feel will not serve our interest. However, it is equally our duty and responsibility as demonstrators to ensure that such demonstrations are as peaceful and do not infringe on the rights of others.

THUS on the basis of the above Today condemns the violent behaviour of those KNUST students.  Watching the demonstration on television, it was terrifying to see how some students went on rampage and destroyed the university’s properties.

WHATEVER their grievances are could have been communicated through the demonstration without necessarily resorting to violence. However, it is refreshing that the security agencies have taken over the situation and are helping to return peace to the university.

WE at Today want to use this medium to urge all the stakeholders in the matter—the ministry of education, KNUST authorities, and the student leadership to quickly resolve the matter to enable the students return to campus.

WE should not lose sight of the fact that more days the students spend at home, the likelihood that the academic calendar would be affected.

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