The whole student body of KNUST was in disbelief and shock when at around 10:40am a picture went viral. The picture came as a great shock and to some disbelief when in the picture was seen a lecturer holding a stick in hand and a female student arm stretched receiving lashes with some others waiting in line for their share of the punishment to be inflicted.
The incident occurred in a statistics class that is held for first years in the faculty of Agriculture at the lecture theatre opposite the central classroom block (CCB). As part of the school’s curriculum, students of this course study probability.
The offence of these students was their refusal to bring to class the course materials required for the class. The lecturer sought to punish them by using the age old method of using the cane. This action has left a mixed feeling amongst the student population. Some who agree with the action of the lecturer says he was right to use the cane and as such the students would not repeat that mistake again.
Others question the right the lecturer has to cane the students since they are adults under the constitution of the republic, they term the action of the lecturer as abuse in the highest form. To them the lecturer did not only abuse the students physically but also emotionally since the disgrace which comes with it would have to be borne by the students for the rest of their time on campus and probably for the rest of their lives.
Attempts to speak to students who were present at the time of the incident was not an easy task since a huge number of them were scared of what was likely to happen if they were to talk.
The only student who spoke to me whose name has been withheld said he saw the action as a way to create humor by the lecturer since from where he sat the lecturer did not really hit the students hard with the cane. But this leaves the question, why should humor be created at the expense of the student’s self-esteem
Source : ugfile.com