Government has given the greenlight for the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to resume full academic work by Thursday, November 8, 2018.
This comes in the wake of the closure of the University on Monday, October 22 after students vandalised property on campus while embarking on a demonstration to register their displeasure over brutalities suffered in the hands of the school’s security personnel.
In a statement dated October 29, 2018 and signed by vetted-but-yet-to-be-approved Minister of Information Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, government has held discussions with the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) – whose members at KNUST declared an indefinite strike following the happenings at the University – to return to work.
“Government has subsequently engaged with UTAG and updated the Association accordingly. UTAG has undertaken to restore services, cooperate in resolution efforts and encourage other stakeholders to join resolution efforts,” the statement read.
Events at KNUST began with a boycott of lectures by students. They also embarked on what was initially a peaceful demonstration.
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But things took a different turn.
The Ashanti Regional Security Council subsequently closed down the school, ordering all Ghanaian students to go home till further notice.
Government later constituted an Interim Council to take over management of the school after the substantive Governing Council was dissolved.
Vice Chancellor Professor Obiri Danso was also directed to hand over to the Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University,
The Chancellor of the KNUST, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, is, however, expected to constitute a new Governing Council by close of day, Friday, November 2, 2018.
By Irene Amesimeku| 3news.com| Ghana