Last Saturday’s clash between Katanga residents and security personnel at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology was the final nail in the coffin.
In a series of decisions, the KNUST management team seem to have aimed at limiting the freedoms students enjoyed on campus.
Before they placed a ban on vigils, the school had controversially changed all 6 single-sex halls into mixed-sex halls.
A KNUST student was also suspended for allegedly sleeping in a girls’ room.
As we reported earlier that a number of KNUST students were allegedly assaulted by campus security after they attempt to hold a peaceful vigil.
The students regarded the assault as an attack on their basic rights and to register their displeasure, they have decided to embark on a demonstration on campus and boycott lecturers as well.
This morning, the students have taken to the streets of KNUST to demonstrate…
Below are some scenes of the students’ demonstration…
knust students God bless you
arise for action pic.twitter.com/W6IQ9AdWa0
— Gator Reinhard Elorm (@Kofi_Gator) October 22, 2018
KNUST goes Demo☄️ pic.twitter.com/sEoJDJJDNa
— Fredlyn (@FredlynAgyemang) October 22, 2018
HAPPENING NOW: The KNUST Students’ Representative Council (SRC) demonstrate over what they perceive to be unfair treatment meted out to them by the management of the university.
— SilverFM (@SilverfmGH) October 22, 2018
— Richard Owusu Ansah (@Richard_tbone) October 22, 2018
It is being reported that some security personnel have been dispatched to the campus to maintain law and order on the campus as the students agitate against school authorities.
Meanwhile, what was initially planned as a peaceful demonstration turned destructive when students went on a vandalizing spree.
School buildings and vehicles among others have been vandalized.
According to reports, the vandalism started after police fired warning gunshots.
Also, some social media platforms reported that the boy who was brutalised by campus security and led to the call for the demonstration had passed away.
However, Kuulpeeps KNUST can confirm that the boy is alive and well.
On a little hilarious note, a video surfaced online where KNUST students assumed the campus security kept a record of the students they beat in a roster.
However, it’s not as it seems. The beats roster is far from a literal beats roster. Beats in security means when and where an officer is supposed to patrol.
Yeah, you’ve seen something new from KNUST demonstration.
The KNUST demonstration has got the attention of the government.
In a statement from the ministry, the Minister, Mathew Opoku Prempeh is set to lead a team to visit KNUST to meet the school authorities and the SRC.
They had to do this to get the full attention of the ministry.
Meanwhile, before the minister makes his visit to KNUST, the authorities have announced that the university has been shut down indefinitely.
Curfew has been imposed from 6 pm tonight to 6 am tomorrow.
The Ghanaian students have been asked to go home tomorrow (23rd October) while the foreign students will reportedly be assigned to a temporal residence.
Meanwhile, if you have been wondering to know more about the KNUST VC who has been blamed for the student averse policies that have resulted in the violent demonstration, we’ve got you.
Stay with us as our Kuulpeeps KNUST team keeps us updated.