There is heavy security presence at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) as the tertiary institution admits female students into the University Hall (Katanga) and Unity Hall (Conti) for the first time after the two halls were converted from all-male to mixed halls.
Police, military and KNUST’s private security detail were seen at post on Friday, 24 August 2018 to maintain order and ensure that freshers go through the registration processes at the halls smoothly.
The Africa Hall, which hitherto, was an all-female hall, has also started receiving males.
This was after a Kumasi High court struck out an injunction application filed by alumni and students of Conti and Katanga seeking to restrain the university from admitting females into the two halls.
The two suits were filed separately, but the court requested they be consolidated.
At the hearing, on Friday, 24 August 2018, the court presided over by Justice Samuel Obeng Diawuo, ruled in favour of the management of the school, adding that some female students who have been allocated rooms in the two halls have already reported for the next academic year and a reversal will hamper school activities and cause inconvenience.
However, lead counsel for Katanga Hall, Stephen Asante Bekoe, expressed dissenting views in an interview with journalists after the hearing.
The two halls have already petitioned Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Chancellor of KNUST, to intervene, after demonstrating through the principal streets of the Ashanti Region.
The Students’ Representative Council (SRC) of KNUST has also petitioned President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo over the conversion of the school’s single-sex halls.
The university authorities say the conversion of the halls is to make room for the admission of more female students but the students and alumni have strongly kicked against the move.
They want the university authorities to find alternate measures of shoring up the female population on campus without changing the status quo of the two male halls.