A planned programme dubbed Campus Connect, organised by the Ministry of Education to bring governance to the door step of students was Wednesday morning boycotted by college of education students selected from various institutions in the Ashanti region.
Though the students reported at the venue at the Wesley College in Kumasi, they walked out when it was time for the Deputy Minister of Education in charge of tertiary, Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwah to address them, reports Graphiconline's Kumasi correspondent, Kwadwo Baffoe Donkor.
Donkor reported that the students claimed they have petitioned the Minister with regards to their concerns on several occasions but the Ministry has turned a deaf ear.
According to the students if the Minister was not ready to listen to them they also saw no need to sit at the programme to listen to him.
As if acting on a cue, the moment Mr. Ablakwah got up to speak, all the students walked out.
Not even the pleadings from the MC for them to come back would move them.
Mr Ablakwah was accompanied by the Executive Director of National Service Scheme (NSS) Dr Michael Kpessah Whyte, Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr Johnny Osei Kofi, Mr Kobby Acheampong of the Youth Employment Agency and Mr Felix Kwakye Ofosu, Deputy Minister of Communication.
It had to take threats from some of the principals to get some of the students back mostly female students, Donkor reported.
The colleges that were present were Mampong Technical College of Education, St Monicas College of Education, Offinso College of Education, St Louis College of Education and Agogo Women College of Education.
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