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KNUST VC COMMISSIONS STATE OF THE ART FRENCH LABORATORY

KNUST VC COMMISSIONS STATE OF THE ART FRENCH LABORATORY

The Vice Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and technology, Prof. William Otoo Ellis, has commissioned a new French language laboratory at the premises of the new examination hall complex.

The center christened as ‘maison de francaise’ is one of the many projects being undertaken by the French department to enhance the study of French in the university.
The state of the art facility comprises of a language laboratory with computers and microphones, a francophone library and a study abroad information desk with requisite information to help students interested in studying overseas.
Prof. William Otoo Ellis was the chairman of the occasion. In his keynote address, the Head of the French Institute in Ghana, Mr. Arnaud Dornon, entreated students and staff alike to take this opportunity to enhance their French speaking skills.

He noted that the center will be useless if maximum use is made of its services.
He said, “A library is only called a library when people come, read, learn or borrow books not because there are books inside, the activities creates the attention, that is why I would call on all the students to stop by, ask, enquire and use the facility that Knust offers them, both students and staff….”

The Head of Department of Modern languages, Dr. Lebeney Tettey also indicated that the project was just the first phase and announced plans to run proficiency courses for members of the university community.
“….I dare say that we will be able to rub shoulders with Alliance francaise in the running of proficiency courses in French to a larger public but this in the spirit of Francophonie and true friendship.”, Mrs Lebeney added.

The Provost of the college of Arts and Social Sciences, Prof. S.I.K. Afrane, who was also in attendance, bemoaned the little attention given to French study by our educational system. He further entreated the department to use the facility well, maintain it and expand it in the future to accommodate a larger population.

By Emmanuel Ofei, Focus FM, KNUST, Kumasi

 
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Posted by on 18 May, 2012 in KNUST

 

KATANGA HALL MEMBERS WITHDRAW CASE FROM COURT

KATANGA HALL MEMBERS WITHDRAW CASE FROM COURT

The plaintiffs in the case involving the failure of KATANGA Hall to vote in the just ended SRC elections have agreed to discontinue the legal case against the SRC and its Electoral commission.

In a letter dated May 10, 2012 copied to Focus fm, signed by the Registrar of the Kumasi Circuit Court, it states that the Plaintiffs: Odame Sarpong, Chairman of the KATANGA Hall Judicial Committee; Amofa Kofi Atta, an affiliate of KATANGA Hall; and Ato Assan Jnr, also an affiliate of the KATANGA Hall have decided to discontinue the suit filed against the Defendants: Students Representative Council (SRC); and the Electoral Commission of the SRC.

Responding to issues leading to the withdrawal in an interview with Bernard Buachi on Focus fm, the SRC President, Mr Philemon Laar noted that, “it is time to think about the solidarity of the student front and this is not a victory for the plaintiffs nor the SRC but a victory of common sense which tells us to solidify the student front and be united than ever before.”

The SRC President also advised the new executives to comply with the SRC constitution and always champion the welfare of students.

Meanwhile the Chairman of the KATANGA Hall Judicial Committee, Odame Sarpong, tells Focus News , there will be no further arbitrations but still believes the SRC constitution has been breached by the SRC EC in refusing first year KATANGEES from voting.

According to him, they decided to withdraw the case because of the consequences in delaying the handing over and for the interest of the greater student body advising that, “students of the university are intelligent and should not be taken for granted. When you try to put in your own personal interest and gains ahead of the constitution that you have sworn to defend, then you should know that, there are people there who will not take it and will always take the matter up.”

By David Apinga, Focus FM, KNUST, Kumasi

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Posted by on 11 May, 2012 in KNUST

 

THE ASANTEHENE OTUMFUO OSEI TUTU II HAS CAUTIONED STUDENTS AGAINST EMBEZZLEMENT

THE ASANTEHENE OTUMFUO OSEI TUTU II HAS CAUTIONED STUDENTS AGAINST EMBEZZLEMENT

The Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has cautioned student leaders to behave themselves with regards to how they manage the affairs of the respective institutions they represent. He was much particular about how some SRC executives embezzle funds which bring about delays in policy implementation.

He made this assertion on Friday, April 13, when speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the first phase of the KNUST SRC Hostel which has been named after him.

He bemoaned the practice whereby some student leaders take up leadership positions as platforms to enrich themselves.

The Asantehene added that, the SRC Hostel project which kick started in 1999, was to be completed in a period of about two or three years but has taken about thirteen years before nearing completion. He attributed this to the fact that, most student leaders embezzle funds.

He said “along the line, I heard about some SRC members messing up with the money and all that: during the interim. I felt like from 1999/2000 up to this stage, when it was started, the old idea was for us to have completed this within a period of about two years or three years and it did continue to about thirteen years for us to be commissioning this. I still will say, I appreciate the contribution of students but we have to caution ourselves that, we come to school to discipline ourselves and to learn the trade of discipline and therefore, when we are charged with the responsibilities, we have to behave ourselves regarding how we manage our affairs.”

He further added that, he is aware of the difficulties students go through and gave the assurance that, all efforts will be made to ensure that, those issues are addressed accordingly. The Asantehene admitted that KNUST can much up to any university in the world and therefore, he deems it necessary to put up every effort to support the University.

On his part, the Vice Chancellor of KNUST, Prof. William Otoo Ellis, stated that the university has rules which governs it and will be enforced to the latter .He added that, every student’s main aim is to study therefore, any student who falls  foul to the regulation of the university will be punished accordingly.

OPPONG MARFO EDWARD, FOCUS FM, KNUST

 
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Posted by on 20 April, 2012 in KNUST

 

KNUST STUDENTS ELECT NEW SRC EXECUTIVES – with poor security situation high on their minds

KNUST STUDENTS ELECT NEW SRC EXECUTIVES – with poor security situation high on their minds

Students at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology would next week Tuesday go to the polls to elect new Student Representative Council executives. Ahead of the elections, students say the poor state of security on campus is their most pressing concern, which they want the next SRC leadership to focus attention and resources on addressing, in collaboration with the school authorities.

The students want aspiring SRC executives to come up with clear blue prints on how to make the campus much safer, especially during the night, in order to earn their votes. In a poll conducted by campus research group, RESEARCH ASSOCIATES KNUST involving 2842 students, almost half of the respondents (48.1 percent) mentioned security as the major concern they want the incoming SRC executives to invest energy in tackling head on. Concerns were also raised about frequent power outages on campus especially at night, which not only worsens the security situation, but also impedes academic work.

The intense anxiety about poor security on campus from the students comes on the back of a couple of criminal incidents this semester, including the shooting of an attendant of a local supermarket during a robbery, and the stabbing of a female student at Republic Hall. Other concerns that came up strongly in the poll results which the students wanted the incoming SRC leadership to address swiftly were increased school fees, poor academic facilities, unreliable paid up wireless internet connectivity, among others. About 20 aspirants are vying for four SRC executive positions with the keenest competition being that of the race for the presidency, involving 11 students, all males.

The survey which also found out from respondents which of the presidential aspirants they would vote for, saw local National Union of Ghana Students Secretary, Ebenezer Bonsra topping, with 23.6 percent. Vice President of the KNUST Business School Students Association, George Sarpong came second with 21.3 percent, while a third contender, Agyemang Yaw Nsiah, followed their heels closely with 20.1 percent of the votes. The concern about the poor state of security on campus is one that came up strongly for discussion during the SRC Presidential Candidates’ debate over the weekend, with candidates proffering various means through which the security situation could be improved. Aspirant, Agyemang Yaw Nsiah called for a strategic re – deployment of the limited security personnel on campus to crime prone areas to make those areas unsafe havens for criminals. The election comes off on 27th March 2012. More than 21,000 undergraduate students would be expected to vote in the elections. Research Team Leader at Research Associates Joseph Opoku, expressed joy about the issue based nature of campaigning that have characterized the SRC elections this year.

Below is the details of the full report:

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Posted by on 23 March, 2012 in KNUST

 

PRISCILLA ASARE DEBRAH (PAD) IS BACK TO CONTEST SRC TREASURER POSITION

PRISCILLA ASARE DEBRAH (PAD) IS BACK TO CONTEST SRC TREASURER POSITION

Priscilla Asare Debrah, popularly known as PAD, the only female contesting the Student Representative Council (SRC) Treasurer position has been vindicated by the Judicial Committee of the SRC and can now proceed to compete for the seat of the SRC Treasurer.

On March 15, 2012 a hearing was scheduled to consider a petition filed by Priscilla against the Electoral Commission for disqualifying her after a vetting which was held at the Republic Hall on March 9, 2012.

After careful deliberation by a 5 member committee, the Judicial Chairperson who presided over the case, Mr Daniel Birwel, pronounced the decision by the vetting panel to disqualify Miss Priscilla as illegal.

The SRC constitution mandates the vetting panel to recommend or otherwise but not to disqualify a candidate based on performance at the screening.

The JC alluded to a previous case where a committee established that “not recommended” does not mean “disqualification”.

“In a case of S.K. Odame versus the EC, the committee by a 7 member decision ruled that not recommended does not mean disqualification. This committee agrees strongly with the rationale of that judgement and this committee is inclined to grant the order of Miss Priscilla Asare Debrah”.

The JC therefore ruled in favour of PAD to be reinstated to contest in the elections.

“Miss Priscilla Asare Debrah has acted swiftly and should be brought back into the electoral race”, the JC concluded in his verdict.

In an interview, Miss Priscilla Asare Debrah expressed her joy to Focus news and noted that the cries of KNUST students have been heard and justice served.

Meanwhile the Electoral Commissioner, Musa Ziyad has told Focus news that Miss Priscilla Asare Debrah can go ahead with her campaign but new posters will not be printed for the display of aspirants since there was no injunction on the electoral process.

The EC also stated that the other aspirants who were disqualified will not be included in the process unless there are legal grounds to do so.

 

By David Apinga
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Posted by on 16 March, 2012 in KNUST

 

POLICE GRIPS KNUST ROBBERS

Three suspected armed robbers have been arrested in connection with last Thursday’s robbery at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi.

The suspects, including a female, were arrested at Bomso in Kumasi about 3 p.m. last Friday.

The police declined to disclose the identities of the suspects and their ages, stating only that they were all in custody helping in police investigations.

A supermarket attendant, identified as Joyce Kwateng, 26, was allegedly shot in the head by suspected armed robbers on the KNUST campus last Thursday.

The Zongo Divisional Police Commander, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mr Nicholas Opare Ofosuhene, told the Daily Graphic that the suspects were arrested following a tip-off.

Ms Kwateng is currently receiving medical care at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH).

The incident created apprehension among the students, who demanded that the university authorities provide them with armed security, especially in the evenings.

That, according to the students, would enable them to move in and out from their halls of residence to their faculties.

In another development, the police are yet to arrest the Level 200 Republic Hall student of KNUST who allegedly stabbed her roommate three times in the chest a week ago.

DSP Ofosuhene said the police were making progress in their investigations and that hopefully the suspect, Patricia Enyonam, said to be hiding at Kasoa in the Central Region, would be arrested.

Source: Daily Graphic

 
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Posted by on 28 February, 2012 in KNUST

 

KNUST TEWU TO RECEIVE THEIR PAY BY FRIDAY – Smith Graham

The members of the Teachers and Education Workers Union (TEWU) of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology are expected to receive their salary arrears this week. 

They have been protesting the delay of payment of their salary arrears since January 20. The Chief Executive of the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission, George Smith Graham, however, told media that the  documentation for payment has been completed. 

He called on TEWU to actively take part in the auditing process of their salaries to fast track payments. 

He said: “Information available to me is that it is only KNUST that has submitted its audited account to the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning and last week the minister signed the letter for KNUST and I understand that it is with the Controller [and Accountant Generals Department] and Controller is going to pay that money any moment between today [Tuesday] and maybe tomorrow [Wednesday], that’s if it has not already been paid. ”

“If there are delays in the audit process, in the institutions, I would expect that the unions will also get themselves involved so far as these issues are concerned because they are the very people who are working in those departments and they need to come together and help the institution to fast track whatever auditing that is going on and when that is done, they would be paid. ”

These comments from Mr. Graham come on the back of several agitations by the KNUST TEWU who are reported to have locked lecture halls and even attacking some students who raised issues with their sit-down strike.

 
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Posted by on 2 February, 2012 in KNUST