Dr. Jones Opoku-Ware, a lecturer at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), has asked authorities in various tertiary institutions to increase punishment for students who commit vandalism.
His call follows clashes between rival halls at the University of Ghana and KNUST, the most recent of which involved members of KNUST’s University Hall (Katanga) and Unity Hall (Conti).
Dr. Opoku-Ware believes that students who are found guilty should face the consequences in order to serve as a deterrent to others.
“If we continue to let these students go unpunished,” Dr. Opoku-Ware stated, “we will see these incidents recurring.” It’s past time to severely punish these offenders in order to serve as a scapegoat for others.”
During a procession led by Katanga members, students from the University Hall (Katanga) and the Unity Hall (Conti) clashed.
Eleven people were injured, and nine vehicles belonging to the institution’s staff were vandalized.
When students from Unity Hall refused to allow students from University Hall to use a route in front of their Hall for a procession, a fight erupted.
The disturbances, which began around 5 p.m. on Thursday, resulted in the vandalism of some school and private properties, particularly in front of the unity hall.
The clash at KNUST comes as hall rivalries have been scrutinized in the aftermath of the Mensah Sarbah Hall violence.
Mensah Sarbah Hall students clashed with Commonwealth Hall students at the University of Ghana about two weeks ago.
Meanwhile, some students have been arrested to assist with investigations.