UCC Students Start Petition To Get Rusticated Colleagues Reinstated

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Students of University of Cape Coast have started an online petition urging the UCC to reinstate suspended students.

Last week, UCC announced the suspension of 22 students whom investigations found culpable in the clashes between Oguaa and Atlantic (ATL) Halls during a hall week celebration have been rusticated.

The students, most of whom are executives of Atlantic Hall and organisers of the hall week have been rusticated for two and four semesters.

At least three students were stabbed in March this year at UCC following a clash between some irate students of the University of Ghana (UG), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and UCC.

Meanwhile, some students have come to the aid of their colleagues with an online petition.

The online petition is calling on the students’ body, especially witnesses to also liaise with authorities to bring out the real culprits for the innocent ones to be reinstated.

“Before a clash can happen, it should be between two or more parties and it would be unfair for one Hall to suffer,” it said.

As at the time of writing this report, the petition has reached 403 signatories with a total goal of reaching 1,000 signatures.

A UCC student was paralysed after he was several stabbed while trying to enter his hall from night studies.

The student, Emmanuel Quarshie, 18, who is receiving medical treatment at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra told Joy News, he begged his attackers to spare him while they poured kerosene on his feet.

Mr Quarshie who said he is also asthmatic is optimistic that with time he would walk again.

An eye witness who narrated what happened said some residents of Commonwealth Hall of UG and Unity Hall of UCC who had been invited for a programme at ATL Hall ended up attacking residents of Oguaa Hall due to a misunderstanding.

The skirmishes, the witness said erupted when porters of Oguaa Hall refused to allow some naked Vandals, Unity and ATL students into the hall.

Several properties worth thousands of cedis belonging to Oguaa hall was destroyed as a result. The hall’s bus and vehicles belonging to some lecturers were also vandalised.

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