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KNUST Impasse: My Daughter, 15 Others Escaped Getting Burnt to Death – Parent Reveals


A parent of a student of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology who narrowly escaped death before a violent demonstration on campus has condemned the unfortunate students protest on Monday.

The father who wants to remain anonymous said it took the Grace of the lord for her daughter and other 15 girls in the Katanga Hall from been burnt to death in act suspected to be arson allegedly perpetrated by students.

According to him one of the girls who was asleep when the fire sparked had parts of her hair burnt.

“The authorities took them to the hospital where they were treated, given medication and discharged,” he told Evans Mensah on the Ghana Connect Programme, Friday as sighted my Successafrica.info on myjoyonline.com.

The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology has been closed down indefinitely following last Mondays protest by students.

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The decision became necessary as recommended by the Ashanti Regional Security Council (REGSEC) in a meeting with school authorities.

“I think there were lapses somewhere,” he added.

Condemning the act, he said there are proper ways students would have been able to deal with the issue rather than embarking on a violent act.

“I hope that they will take a cue from what happened, take the lessons from it and put their acts together. They are being trained to be leaders of the country, if they cannot go through such challenges and dialogue then it is unfortunate,” he said.

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He wants government to revisit the issue and bring all stakeholders to the drawing board and “not take entrenched positions.”

The worried father said he is concerned about the security measures that will be put in place when school resumes because “none of us thought this [violence demonstration] was going to happen.”

“We were given full assurances regarding security on campus and we would all have been shocked to wake up to reports that your daughter slept and never woke up,” he said.

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“I am hoping and wishing that the challenges they have will be put to rest for students to go back and study in peace and graduate with good grades,” he added.

According to him, he doesn’t have any choice but to allow his daughter to go back to her Katanga residence.


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