Mr Speaker, that is at the heart of our tertiary education. We are drifting away from the core functions of the various universities. Indeed, even with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), one of the core courses that is pursued is fine arts. I believe that it should not even belong there in the first place -- fine arts at a university of science and technology?
Mr Speaker, so we should be careful where we are taking our education to and which aspects of our education we emphasise. It is the reason I find unfortunate, a comment by one of our Hon Colleagues, which really appeared to justify the dilution of the various halls at the University.
This, “it happened to someone, so if it happens to another, what is wrong”? attitude is most unfortunate. This is because if we should encourage the thinking that we want to really emphasise enrolment of females at the tertiary level, very soon, we shall come to senior high schools.
What would happen? We would not have any strictly boys or girls' senior high schools. That is the necessary consequence or sequence of events. I do not think that is justifiable.
In any event, if that is at the heart of it, why do they then dilute Africa Hall and take males there and bring females to University and Unity Halls? If they want to do that, at the end of the day, what would we see? At the University Hall now, the females outnumber the males.
So what is at the heart of that thinking -- the introduction of females into otherwise male halls? Mr Speaker, we should be truthful to ourselves. I think that if we are candid with ourselves and there is no room for suspicion, then perhaps good counsel and reason would prevail.
Mr Speaker, the brutalities that happened -- We all know that people did not want to respect laid down statutes. It appeared that people were in a hurry to implement whatever they had agreed on at various levels, be it at the University Council, within the ranks of the students and even the campus guards.
This is the third incident in the annals of KNUST where campus guards have attacked students with venom. What is at the heart of it? We should interrogate it; it cannot be right.
That is not in any way to justify the aftermath of that event, which resulted in the destruction of property, for which the Government, and indeed, the university may have to make available money to the tune of GH¢1.7 million, we are told, to repair. It cannot be right, but we should go to the heart of the event.
As I said, I associate myself with the Statement made by the Hon Colleague. I do not want to be repetitive of the issues that have been raised because as I said, it is a collaboration that I had with my Hon Colleague to produce this. I thank him for what he did.
I believe that the comments that we have heard really stand the Statement in good stead.
Mr Speaker, in a lighter vein, this is most uncharacteristic of Hon Samuel George in this House. [Laughter.] Mr Speaker, this statement should be expunged. [Laughter.] I think that we have had a very useful Statement.
Mr Speaker, going forward, what is the relevance of our Committees in Parliament? Article 103(3) of the Constitution provides a solution and, for emphasis, I beg to read:
“Committees of Parliament shall be charged with such functions, including the investigation and enquiry into the activities and administration of ministries and departments as Parliament may determine; and such investigation and inquiries may extend to proposals for legislation.”
Mr Speaker, I believe that at the end of the day, we could charge the Committee on Education to look into this and proffer suggestions to us.
Already, one of our Hon Colleagues suggested that we should standardise the laws relating to all the universities. I disagree with him. It cannot be; we cannot have the enactment for a university of science and technology being the same as a university that is arts oriented. It cannot be justified.
So the Committee could be charged with such responsibility and given some time to respond and report back to us. Whatever Report that they submit, Mr Speaker, I believe should serve as a useful guide to all of us.
Mr Speaker, I thank you for the opportunity.