The School touted as West Africa’s premier Science and Technology institution is situated right in the heart of their community. There are some very good Senior High Schools in and around this same community. Apparently because of the presence of a university, many big student-related businesses can also be found in this community.
Paradoxically, most of the young men of this wonderful community seem not to be interested in whatever opportunities that the university and its other derived establishments bring to them. Most of them are still school drop-outs who find great joy in doing menial works for the university community. They have no desire to further their education despite the perpetual motivation that these educational institutions offer them.
Rather, the young men have created an underworld of their own where they rule supreme. You see them with all kinds of hi-tech gadgets and you wonder where they got all that from. Coincidentally, robbery is so rampant on the KNUST campus and its neighbouring suburbs.
Their young ladies are equally amazing. They are of ‘very good’ service to the university community in some unorthodox ways. Sadly, they seem not to be moved by the positive opportunities that smile and call to them every single day. A walk through the streets of Ayeduase, Kotei and the other suburbs reveal an increasing number of teenage mothers. Interestingly, most of the kids do not know who their fathers are. Perhaps, I should throw more light on why a number of these kids who grow up to take over Ayeduase’s underworld are fatherless. Some of these university guys with uncontrollable libidos and yet less courage to take it on their female colleagues, find easy preys in these girls.
One question I always ask is, what will it take for these Lords and Duchesses of Ayeduase to see the relevance of education? What other form of motivation do they need again? Is it a case of the pig and diamonds? Of goats and cake?
I think it is time the whole university community pays a critical attention to this situation. Maybe educational outreaches should be intensified. Some pragmatic steps should be taken to snatch these young ones from the underworlds of Ayeduase to the bright world of better education and a better future.
NB: Ayeduase and Kotei are neighbouring suburbs of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Ayeduase houses majority of student hostels.