Majority leader and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu has lampooned Authorities of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) for treating the students as though they were in Senior High School, adding that reports of capital punishment in terms of caning students in the school was preposterous and absolutely out of place.
According to him, the practice if indeed is true must be investigated and quelled immediately, arguing that students in tertiary institutions are not teenagers or Senior High School students who can pushed around and treated anyhow.
‘’We are even hearing that some of the teachers cane the students when they go wrong. In a University, caning in a University? It is quite disturbing and we must all be careful the way things are panning out as a result of this KNUST matter.’’ he averred.
The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for the Suame Constituency in the Ashanti Region noted that it was imperative for stakeholders in the University including the students and the authorities to critically think through policies and actions that will not culminate in misunderstandings and chaos in the school as witnessed last week.
‘’I will blame the students and the University Authorities for what has happened in the school because it was the action of the Authorities and the policies they foisted on the students that degenerated into what we have seen there. So none of them can extricate or absolve themselves from the matter. What is important is that, going forward, steps are being taken to resolve the matters and return the school to normalcy.’’ he added.