Alumni of the University Hall popularly referred to as Katanga at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), say they will fight the Universityâ€™s decision to convert the hall into a mixed one with all arsenals at their disposal.
The management of KNUST had earlierÂ converted the two all-male hallsÂ of the school; University and Unity Halls to mixed halls, a move alumniÂ fiercely resisted.
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But on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, management of the school announced that, with effect from the 2018/19 academic year, all six halls of residence of the University would be converted into mixed halls.
The halls included the all-female one, Africa Hall.
The management said the decision is â€œin line with the universityâ€™s policy of periodic review of residential accommodation for students.â€
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It further noted that â€œthe Universityâ€™s policy of expanding access to female students remain unchanged.â€
But reacting to the decision, Nana Otu Turkson, a spokesperson of the Katanga Alumni, described the decision as myopic.
â€œThat decision doesnâ€™t make sense. It is not backed by any research. There is a plethora of academic work on the advantages of men and women getting educationâ€¦it just doesnâ€™t make sense.â€
He said the association would ensure that management of the University rescindsÂ its decision.
â€œWe are not in this for a short time. We are Katangees, we rest not [and] the allegiance will always be there. It doesnâ€™t matter how hard they fight â€¦weâ€™ll be fighting back we have secured an injunction to push it to the logical conclusion, not for ourselves. We are no longer on campus it doesnâ€™t benefit anybody, but for posterity and the future of Ghana.â€
â€œWe are not backing off; we will be on them until the right thing is done,â€ he insisted.
Meanwhile, some students have expressed dissatisfaction over the decision taken by the management of the University.
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Weâ€™re not deterred by the lawsuit against hall conversion â€“ KNUST
Management of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has said it is unperturbed by the lawsuit challenging its decision to convert the all-male Unity hall into a mixed one.
George Tetteh Wayo, Public Relations Officer of KNUST, said the school would respond to the suit.
â€œWe are not deterred. They are right to do that, and we will respond appropriately,â€ he mentioned.