PRESS STATEMENT ON POLICE BRUTALITIES ON STUDENTS OF KUMASI TECHNICAL INSTITUTE AFTER YESTERDAY’S INTER-SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES ATHLETICS COMPETITION
The Ashanti Regional Students Representative Council is utterly shocked about the Police brutalities on some students of the Kumasi Technical Institute (KTI) following their jubilation after securing qualification to the super-zonals of the annual inter-schools and colleges athletics competition.
The ARSRC was taken aback by the unmeasured force applied by the police in retaliation to provocation by some of the students.
In as much we condemn the students who engaged in the throwing of objects at the police and the public nuisance posed by the students to road users on their way back to the school, we believe the police could have handled the issue better and in a more professional way to avoid the numerous casualties recorded.
The arrest of the Local SRC Executives and the leadership of the cadet who were trying their bit to calm situations was too high handed. We however welcome their release.
Guided by our motto “Emancipation of students through dialogue and a philosophy of non-violence” we condemn any violent approach of resolving issues while encouraging dialogue as a means of settling grievances.
The pursuance of students to their dormitories in the guise of arresting culprits and lumping innocent students together with others was much unwarranted.
We commend the new Minister of Education for his swift response and reaction and solidarizing with the students of KTI. We hope the committee to be set up will look into the issue critically and their recommendations will provide a blue print to ward off future occurrences.
We take this opportunity to call on the Authorities of the school to take punitive measures against students who by their actions and inactions give a bad name to such a noble institution.
The ARSRC will continue to engage students and stakeholders in our quest to ensure that such incidence do not reoccur.
ODARTEY SAMUEL LAMPTEY (Regional President)
RAPHAEL SARKODIE (Regional Co-ordinator)