Since the inception of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), the first virtual graduation ceremony was held for the 54th congregation on Friday, September 18, and Saturday, September 19, 2020. This was necessary at the time when the Novel COVID-19 virus was so prevalent and even more necessary at that time of the year when the spread was at its peak.
The conundrums resulting from this year’s graduation is what have left everyone in awe, and most especially the just acknowledged congregation and leaving traces of murmuring among students.
There have been tidings regarding the reason that informed KNUST’s decision to hold its 55th congregation virtually again this year, and as such, it is stated that the likely masses that would throng the ceremony could consequent into daring health issues in as much as the new wave of the virus is concerned, posing congregants to the risk of spread of the virus. So ideally, no gathering was expected to be held following such an excuse. But however, the surprise of everyone was awakened as the NSMQ was held at the Great Hall, the same venue that was supposedly closed against having a face-to-face graduation ceremony for the good reason of preventing the spread of COVID-19.
In a statement sighted by hypercitigh.com, a graduate of the 55th Congregation, Master Amo-Agyei Gideon who is also the immediate Past President for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Students’ Association, CANaRSA, expressed his displeasure in why upon payment for graduation fees of Two Hundred and Eighty Ghana Cedis, all they could witness was pre-recorded videos posted on You-Tube as a graduation ceremony.
It has been seen that there are inconsistencies regarding the reason given for not having face-to-face graduation, and that which was made evident during the hosting of the NSMQ competition at the KNUST Great hall. In his statement, the maverick indicated that he did not object to the Institution’s intention to host the National Science and Maths Quiz, but what awakened his displeasure was the fact that the reason with which the Graduation Ceremony was held virtually was floated for a National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ) competition to be held. “My disappointment has nothing to do with KNUST hosting NSMQ. Nonetheless, it is important to note that citing COVID-19 as a reason for not having a graduation ceremony but hosting NSMQ on that same day at the same venue is never fair treatment to graduands. It becomes very difficult to not believe that students have been used as a mere means rather than a proudful end.” He said.
Making an oral submission to hypercitigh.com, he recommended that the University should not denigrate the relevance of the face-to-face graduation but should make efforts to hold it in the appropriate manner in subsequent years so as to help students explore the benefits it gives.
Find below the complete statement released by Master Amo-Agyei Gideon:
Written By: hypercitigh.com | Martin Lutherking Aduko