The Military Government of Ghana -- the National Redemption Council -- closed down the country's three universities on Monday (11 February), after what it described as "unruly demonstrations" by students.
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Background: The Military Government of Ghana -- the National Redemption Council -- closed down the country's three universities on Monday (11 February), after what it described as "unruly demonstrations" by students.
The three universities ate the University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, the University of Science and Technology at Kumasi, Central Ghana, and the University of Cape Coast, in the Western Region.
The demonstrations were sparked off after allegations by a student that he had been "drilled" at Ho, Eastern Ghana. A Government statement said that the students had "refused to acquaint the Government with their grievances".
The statement went on to say that while the Government had shown its willingness to co-operate fully with the students, and had supported their legitimate aspirations, it could not tolerate "acts of lawlesslness and vandalism which are not in tune with the revolutionary spirit of building a new Ghana".
All students were instructed to leave the compounds and return home. They would only by re-admitted on application, and those who were re-admitted would be expected to sign an undertaking to be "of good behavior".