Member of Parliament for Efutu in the Central Region Hon. Alexander Afenyo-Markin has accused Vice-Chancellors in the country of behaving like “absolute kings” and “emperors”.
According to him, in the name of academic autonomy and independence, they don’t listen to anyone.
His comments come at a time when students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology 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 resulting in the Regional Security Council imposing a 12-hour curfew in school and subsequently closing it down temporarily.
In a Facebook post, Hon. Afenyo-Markin accused Vice-Chancellors of no priotising accountability and having no respect for students.
“Vice Chancellors do their own thing…no accountability, no value for money, no corporate social responsibility, no respect for students.” he said.
“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
In a related Facebook post, the law maker chided the Vice-Chancellor of KNUST, Professor Obiri-Danso for not involving the students in decision making.
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.