The Alumni of two halls of residence at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Unity and University Halls, have described the school management’s decision to convert the all-male halls into unisex ones as an attempt to promote a culture of silence at the school.
Management of the University has begun assigning female students to the all-male halls. The school explains the conversion is to make room to contain the growing female population of the school.Speaking to Citi News on the subject, Greater Accra Press secretary of the University Hall alumni, Raymond Laud, called on the Chancellor of the university, the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II to intervene to prevent what they describe as a misplaced priority by the management of the University.
“We think that the reasons they are giving are not tenable. We know that they just want to promote a culture of silence on campus. The University Authority wants to have their way in everything they do. We are appealing to parents not to send their female wards to Katanga. We are appealing to the powers that be, President Akufo-Addo and the Chancellor, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II to step in and call the Vice Chancellor to order.
Some students of the school also in February this year protested the decision to convert two all-male halls University Hall, popularly known as Katanga, and Unity Hall, to now accommodate females.
They vowed to resist the move saying they will stage a massive demonstration to register their displeasure over the decision.
They argued that the decision, should it stand, will erode a long-standing tradition of the two halls, which must be guarded.
The spokesperson of the University, Kwame Yeboah Jnr. in an earlier Citi News interview said that the University was seeking to meet international standards of gender balance on University campuses.