The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has refuted the claim made by a portion of the student body that a lack of morale on campus may be the reason for the institution’s attempted suicide cases.
Concern has been expressed by KNUST students about the school environment, which they claim has a significant impact on students’ decisions to attempt suicide as well as their success rates.
On Tuesday, a video showing a medical student dangling from the eighth story of one of the on-campus dorms went viral on social media.
The student who raised the alarm and was able to get him back onto the balcony stopped him in his tracks.
The KNUST University Relations Officer, Dr. Morris Bekoe, stated during an interview with Starr Today that students claim they are already overburdened with academic responsibilities, therefore the problem cannot be attributed to a lack of morale on campus.
Is that what they want to teach us—that if kids don’t participate in activities that boost their morale, they should go commit suicide? The Ashanti area is leading the country in terms of suicide-related fatalities, according to current data, which show that it is a national issue. That larger society just so happened to include KNUST.
How come you attribute a student’s suicide attempt on a lack of morale despite the fact that we have over 80,000 pupils? The main purpose of attending school is for pupils to learn and get ready for the future. The burden is already too much for them, they even admit it, yet they still want time for what? Activities to boost their morale? requested Dr. Bekoe.
“The media shouldn’t be fostering that argument, there are serious issues,” he said. The young man in question was talking about his inability to sleep as well as other problems that his physicians and other specialists are assisting him in resolving. How can a student leap, and you argue that loss of morale is the cause—this young guy couldn’t even get any sleep?