No political party in Ghana must be allowed to have a chapter on the campus of any university in the country, a retired political science lecturer of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Dr Richard Amoako Baah, has said.
“It is not good”, he told Benjamin Akakpo on Class91.3FM’s Executive Breakfast Show on Wednesday, 27 November 2019, adding: “We have to take politics out of the universities”.
“Let students go there [universities], be responsible and study; when they come out, they have all the time in the world to do whatever they want to do”, he insisted.
The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) have chapters on the university campuses known as Tertiary Students Confederacy of the New Patriotic Party (TESCON) and Tertiary Education Institution Network (TEIN).
The Convention People’s Party (CPP) also has the Tertiary Students Charter (TESCHART).
Benjamin Akakpo: So, for you, if you had your way: let’s do away with TEIN, let’s do away with TESCON?
Dr Amoako Baah: “Indeed, yes, all of them”.
He said: “On the individual basis, if you want to go outside and join a party outside the university, that’s fine but don’t bring it to the university”, adding: “It poisons the academic atmosphere because the students know they have big people outside who are behind them and, so, even when they misbehave they don’t fear any repercussions”.