Following series of petitions from the Students Representative Council of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), management of its traditional halls of residence have rescinded on their directive for students to vacate their rooms on or before December 22, 2018.
Hall authorities had initially directed students of the various halls on campus to vacate their rooms with all their belongings ahead of the Christmas break.
The earlier decision however left scores of students agitating.
According to them, apart from the fact that the notice was too short, the decision to sack all students from the halls would have a serious toll on them.
While some of the students expressed that they should be allowed to stay during the break to study ahead of their end of semester exams in January, others were worried about the risk involved in travelling.
The decision by management to rescind their compulsory directives for students to vacate premises of their halls comes few days after some students and leaders registered displeasure through various forms of petitions and further deliberations on the part of the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) with management to allow some students who may decide to stay in school during Christmas break.
Confirming the reconsideration to Campus-based Focus News, Dean of Students in KNUST, Professor William Gariba stated that the revised decision means that;
- Students who wish to stay in the Hall should submit their names to the Hall assistant office by Friday, 21st December, 2018 to allow management allocate them bed spaces.
- Those who want to leave their luggage should itemize their stuff and send the list to the hall.
- Hall masters therefore appealing to students who can take their stuff home to do so, so they will bring back just a few things for the exam period.
A recent students’ demonstration in KNUST led to the closure of the university for a period of three weeks necessitating a change in the academic calendar.
With the new academic calendar, the university is expected to break for Christmas from the 22nd of December to 4th of January 2019.
The new arrangement also meant that the university will conduct its first semester examination after the Christmas break from 4th January to 19thJanuary, 2019 after which the university will vacate for another two weeks before beginning the second semester.
Story by: Jeffrey Nyabor, with additional information from Essienlive