Member of Parliament for Efutu in the Central Region Hon. Alexander Afenyo-Markin has in a recent Facebook post advised the Vice-Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Professor Kwasi Obiri-Danso, to “sit up and demonstrate leadership”.
According to him, students are integral stakeholders in the educational sector and cannot be ignored in the making of key educational policies.
His comments come at a time when students of the university have risen against its management for ignoring them on several key issues.
Yesterday, the students embarked on a protest to register their displeasure against management for keeping silent over recent cases of student brutalities on campus.
Unfortunately, what was to be a peaceful protest turned violent as properties worth thousands of Ghana cedis were damaged by the aggrieved students.
In a Facebook post, the law maker chided Professor Obiri-Danso for ignoring the students.
According to him, Prof. Obiri-Danso’s seemingly exercise of absolute power in leading the school was not the solution to the school’s numerous challenges
“The VC of KNUST must sit up and demonstrate leadership. Students are integral stakeholders and must be engaged. They are reasonable when treated with respect. Absolute power is not the solution.” he posted
In another separate post, Hon. Afenyo-Markin accused Vice-Chancellors in the country of behaving like “absolute kings” and “emperors”.
According to him, “they just don’t listen in the name of a so called academia autonomy and academic independence”
“Vice Chancellors do their own thing…no accountability, no value for money, no corporate social responsibility, no respect for students.” he added.
“When they need power, Yes sir.. Yes sir to politicians but upon being appointed they behave like emperors. Enough is enough … Government can’t sit unconcerned!” he explained
Hon. Afenyo-Markin also advised students of KNUST to be calm as “the ravening clouds shall not long be victorious, they shall not long possess the skies, weep not”