After three weeks of closure following violent protests by students, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) is set to reopen today, November 16, 2018.
All things being equal, lectures would resume on Monday, November 19, 2018, a statement signed by the Registrar of the KNUST, Mr A. K. Boateng, said.
Both Lecturers and students are upbeat about the resumption of smooth academic activities although the academic calendar has practically been altered by the development.
The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) said it will ensure that its members will work to recover the time lost.
Samuel Boadi Kusi, the National Secretary for UTAG, said “Once they [students] come, UTAG is ever ready. All other sister unions are ever ready to make sure we teach,” he added.
The reconstituted Board has been sworn into office with six new members of the Governing Council of the university after the old Council was dissolved by government.
They are four representatives of the government, a new representative of the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) and a representative of the National Council for Tertiary Education (NTCE).
The new members are Nana Effah Apenteng, Bompantahene and Chairman of the council; Nana Agyei Baffour Awuah, Mr Alex Quaynor, Mrs Hilda Hagar Ampadu, Mr Steve Anoff Amoaning-Yankson and Alhaji Yakub A. B. Abubakar.
On October 22, this year, there was an outbreak of violence and destruction of properties in the university following a demonstration by students of the KNUST in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.
After an assessment of the damage caused by the students, it was realised that the university would need about GH¢1.7 million to fix the mess.
The amount excludes the cost of items stolen or lost during the riots.
The students caused damage to buildings, vehicles, motorbikes and CCTV cameras.