Leadership of the KNUST Students’ Parliament House, on Wednesday, 20th November paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Kwasi Obiri Danso, to primarily congratulate him for his numerous achievements thus far.
Not long ago, news hit the university platform and various WhatsApp platforms about KNUST having been ranked the best university in Ghana and West Africa and placing 14th in the whole of Africa. This unsurprisingly welcoming piece of information informed all and sundry of the sensational efforts and dedication of the Vice Chancellor towards the academic and social development of the University.
The leadership and entire members of the KNUST Students Parliament House believe that it is of no doubt that the excellent dedication and contribution of the Vice Chancellor is what has received this international recognition and thus paid him a courtesy call to show their appreciation.
Having been received, leadership first expressed their gratitude to the Vice Chancellor for taking time off his busy schedule to meet with them. They then made known to him the reason for their visit, of which Prof. Obiri Danso was very appreciative of. Leadership again thanked the Vice Chancellor and the entire university management for some of the visible and notable infrastructural developments around campus.
Mention was made of the refurbishment of the school’s main library, the contribution of management to the Food Bank, an initiative of the SRC Women’s Commissioner, amongst others. The Vice Chancellor was particularly impressed with the Food Bank initiative and pledged that management will continue to support it.
Leadership then proceeded to relay to the Vice Chancellor some challenges with the school’s shuttle system, stating that the number of shuttle buses were inadequate for the growing number of students. To this, Prof. Obiri Danso then revealed that there has been the procurement of two extra buses, which are expected to be in soon.
The issue of packed examination timetables, especially at the faculty of social sciences was also addressed. The Vice Chancellor admonished that students do write to their examination officers whenever they have problems with the exam timetable, especially when the draft timetable is out so those issues would be addressed before the issuance of the final time table. He however promised to talk to the school’s timetable committee when he later meets them.
Again, the issue of inadequate accommodation for first years in the traditional hall of residence due to their increased number every year, was also raised by leadership.
The Vice Chancellor noted this keenly and pledged that more to will be done to provide extra accommodation facilities as have been started. The leadership of the House once again, commended the Vice Chancellor for the ongoing construction of two hostel facilities; one around Brunei and another around Africa Hall.
Prof. Obiri Danso then revealed that around 45,000 freshmen are expected to be admitted during the next academic year, owing to the free shs graduates. He however added that there would be accommodation for every student on or off campus.
The Vice Chancellor then admonished the House to be innovative so as to aid the management of the school in tackling some of these issues.
He showed his sincere gratitude for the deed done and promised to be of help anytime the House would call upon him. Leadership finally gave the Vice Chancellor a citation to affirm their gratitude.