The student politics of Ghana has been quite intriguing and progressive. The past evolution of students’ leadership and politics from records was a different phase as compared to the consistent revolution of a new wave of present-day student leadership.
Nonetheless, it should be recognized that students of today are the future guardians of Ghana’s destiny and the precedence we set today will be the stepping stone for generational student leaders, therefore, a great duty is upon us to set the records straight.
Political consciousness and correctness is, therefore, an indispensable factor contributing to the growth and development of a school, University and a nation as a whole and in other setting of the world.
I, therefore, write this piece with great enthusiasm and anticipation concerning redressing the revolving wave of student politicians and leaders in our time especially our noble and prestigious school, KNUST.
The detailed analysis of how students tend to be political in their quest to gain the frontline in our student leadership suggests the requisite factor of democracy and vibrancy as well as an unending eagerness to move our partisan politics to the next level.
The political systems of student leadership have gone through a lot of developments and reformations up to date which we have all witnessed with keen interest.
Democracy in student leadership has been quite challenging over the years and the best remedy to it is giving a good shot at promoting its level of autonomy to help unveil certain pertinent skills, abilities and strategies which will help in making a better University and a progressive impact on our nation’s future leadership.
It is said that the leadership students go through in school is what they take out there therefore the training ground for making these students match up to what we call an ideal leadership should start from scratch.
Furthermore, the level of approach to address these issues will be taken into thorough deliberations and surely addressed at the right time.
Moving forward, the core aim of this article is to point out, critic, suggest and give a vivid picture of what we seek to expect from the evolving student politicians and what democracy in student leadership and consistency with protecting the priorities of students should never be underrated but rather the core mandate in dispensing their duties to create a better tomorrow for upcoming student leaders who will continue from there.
If this core aim is taken into keen interest, then anytime from now we can all boast of contributing massively to the change we all deserve and flaunt in our hard work which upcoming leaders may also actively reference and take precedence from in building a better KNUST.
Moreover, every student expects its student leaders with respect to the caucus which they originate from that is in terms of colleges, halls, faculties and departments and the SRC executives to contribute massively in addressing their needs to which they trusted their votes with to get them in power.
Therefore prioritizing other issues rather than their needs and aspirations will be considered very problematic and underrating their trust in getting you to help in serving their interests.
To conclude, I would like to suggest that before you consider yourself worthy of leadership and vibrancy in student politics, consider all narratives and objectives and weigh all your options to see if you are ready to serve students’ interest and work efficiently and effectively with the School’s administration to attain a common goal which at the end of your tenure you can proudly say that a good work indeed has been done.
As student leaders, make your work speak for itself. With this, I end on a sober note to caution all and sundry to put our prestigious school first before all other personal interest because a better KNUST means a better us.
Have an amazing and fulfilling academic and political year and I believe the people matter!!
Article by Ninnette Bediako