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KNUST suspends all morale sessions and hall elections

The Council of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has indefinitely placed a ban on some internal activities on the campus following the recent clash between two Halls.

According to the to the Council celebrations of all Hall weeks and Students Representative Council (SRC) coupled with morale sessions and elections have been suspended.

Meanwhile, all Junior Common Room (JCR) systems of hall management by students have been abolished in the interim.

The councils’ decision is in line with the recent bloody clash that occurred between students of Conti Hall and Unity Hall on campus that led to the destruction of vehicles and injuring of some students.

However, a statement issued and signed by the Registrar and Secretary to the Council of the KNUST, Mr. A.K. Boateng, said the Council’s decision became necessary following an emergency meeting held on Friday, 26th August 2022.

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“With effect from the 2023/2024 Academic Year, the Junior Common Room (JCR) System of Hall Management by students, is abolished. This means, there would be no Students’ elections for hall executives.

“The existing governance structure comprising Hall Councils, Hall Masters, and Senior Tutors, would continue to operate in the management of the affairs of the Halls. In addition, Hall Fellows will be appointed and assigned to floors/blocks of the Halls to exercise direct supervision over matters affecting students. In the meantime, Hall Week and SRC Week Celebrations have been suspended indefinitely.”

With regards to this effects, students will no longer be elected as executives to manage hall activities from the 2023/2024 academic year.

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The statement further cautioned that students who are found guilty in participating in the organisation of ‘morale’ and or ‘procession’ shall be dismissed.

“Students who indulge in any act which will warrant dismissal will have their names and pictures widely published in the National Dailies and on the University Website,” the KNUST Council warned.

It used the medium to expressed gratification to the members of the Ashanti Regional Security Council and security agencies for their swift intervention and support in averting the situation.

“We express our profound gratitude to the Ashanti Regional Minister, the Inspector-General of Police, the Regional Police Commander, and the Central Command of the Ghana Armed Forces, for the professional role they played in helping to restore calm and tranquillity on the University campus.”

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In as much as the ongoing investigation three persons including an old student have been arrested and are currently in police custody, while an arrest warrant has been issued for 61 others.

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Source: mondokayonline.com

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