AN OPEN LETTER TO KNUST SRC PRESIDENTIAL ASPIRANTS
This year’s SRC race is the most unique of all KNUST elections because of course,it is the first election to be run in a pandemic era.
Over the pandemic era, we have seen just two of the four candidates maintaining their momentum and keeping the campaign running.
Master Joseph Rexford Bonney and Master Samuel Sesah.
My article seeks to do a candid and objective analysis of the two campaigns, directly linking it to the pandemic era and affairs of students within this period.
Kindly get a cup of water and follow keenly.
The pandemic has presented one of the most challenging periods to education and academic work in several schools with KNUST being my focus.
I strongly believe that student leaders should find the problems at hand and try to find the best solutions for students.
And in doing so, they must take into major consideration the conditions of the very least privileged students, to afford them the opportunity of continuing with their academics.
Within this period, you’ll observe that the SRC has been very dormant in addressing any issues at all(thats an issue for another day.
I have on followed keenly the campaign of these two aspirants.
Team Samuel Sesah, for any observant student have done well in taking issues directly affecting students in this period. From checking up on students in their hostel off-campus, following up with a petition to rent control, visiting the ISA and making donations to them, visiting a hostel’s management to relax evacuation orders, speaking up against the irregularities of the e-learning and online assessments, and writing to the SRC on issues of data increment (for which there were no changes effected by the SRC; meanwhile students are doing all academic work online ranging from lectures on zoom, v-class, Google class, constant academic activities on Whatsapp and even downloading assignments from Whatsapp platforms for some programs)
Team Rexford Bonney on the other hand begun campaigning on e-learning(enhancement before assessment and Q&A reduced laptop prices deals), did radio interviews on that, then all of a sudden shifted focus to fixing of roads,distribution of food in communities, distribution of items to hospitals, campaigning for black lives in the United States and all over the world and planting maize.
Other aspirants as earlier stated are out of the system. I have an issue here because what happened to speaking to the real issues affecting students while they are home. We have battles to fight here and you champion battles outside??
Now the point here is;
1. Do other aspirants fear stepping on the toes of the SRC and the administration?
2. Do they really care about the needs of students or for them, it’s all about the glam and the cameras.
The real issue is, while we can fight for better conditions, leaving the fight to an individual to champion makes it very easy for him to be victimized by the people in authority for speaking up, hence nothing will improve.
Students have to struggle to buy data in order to keep up with academic work and several students are missing out on academic work because they cannot constantly afford data prices.
Meanwhile in the latest release by the University, they have asked students facing problems to relocate to campus to continue their work. Now it becomes obvious that the University admits that several students are facing challenges.
If so, what happens to all the assignments and tests and lectures that such students have missed while at home???
Will they be given the chance to re-write them, or have they lost out on the lectures and marks for the assessment altogether??
And we have several student activists with their arms folded in their armpit when people who can effect the real changes aren’t doing it.
I believe it will be fair to admit that Sesah is trying to speak out, but he isn’t being heard enough.
To all other Presidential aspirants, if you are not just for the glamour, the cameras and the fame of running Presidency, I am throwing a challenge to you, to please speak out speak to real issues affecting students and speak to the hearing of those who can effect the changes. And do not be afraid of any witch-hunting. That is the kind of leadership we are looking out for.
ABOUT THE WRITER
I am Kinteh Mohammed from Gambia.
A 3rd year Engineering student and a member of the ISA community.
And yes we all are deeply concerned as well.
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