Some alumni of the Unity Hall at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), say they will petition the Ministry of Education to halt a decision by the University’s management to convert all male halls into mixed residential accommodation.
The Unity Hall, also known as Conti, along with University Hall, also known as Katanga, are being converted to boost the female intake and meet international standards of gender balance, according to the school’s management.
Some students, however believe that the management’s decision to convert the halls into mixed, is a strategy to curtail the long-standing feud between the two halls, which has been known to turn bloody in the past.
The alumni of the two halls are however resisting the move, saying the reason given by the school is not good enough to collapse the tradition and heritage of the two male halls.
A former Unity Hall President, George Tetteh Wayo, indicated their resolve to Citi News, saying the alumni will go every length to see that the decision is reversed.
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“We’ll put up a petition to the Education Minister because, definitely, it is that arm of government that looks into matters of education. So we would have to apply and we will put in that petition for the minister to look into the matter, and we have justifiable reasons why we think that this move by the university is not proper,” Mr. Wayo said.
The Spokesperson of the University, Kwame Yeboah Jnr., told Gemma Appiah of Citi FM’s partner station, Focus FM that, the University seeks to meet international standards of gender balance on University campuses.