General News of Tuesday, 10 September 2019
Affiliates of the University Hall, Katanga of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) are calling on government and the University management, to as a matter of urgency put a roadmap in place to implement government’s decision that the University Hall should be made an all-male Hall.
This call follows the Education Ministry’s letter last week to the University indicating that the University Hall should be made an all-male Hall in order to ensure peace on the campus.
Speaking to Citi News, the immediate past President of the University Hall, Kataba Mohammed said the affiliates of the hall want the decision by the government to be implemented as early as possible.
“As to how the decision is implemented, we expect a roadmap to be put in place to implement as soon as possible. We do not want to preempt anything from the Otumfuo committee but if the government has been able to come up with this directive it means they have done the necessary checks and studied the situation on the ground and this is a directive we all welcome.”
“The Education Ministry’s statement should have come way earlier but we do appreciate it and we expect that all hands are brought on deck to implement it with immediate effect.”
The government had urged authorities of the school to reconsider their decision of turning all-male Katanga Hall into a mixed one.
Education Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh in a letter to the Chairman of the University Council on Thursday explained that the move is “To preserve a peaceful and conducive environment for academic work and cordial relationship in the University.”
The KNUST Registrar, Andrews Kwasi Boateng, on Thursday called for calm on the university campus following rising tensions after the conversion of some traditionally single-sex halls into mixed halls.
He said the university is not insensitive to concerns raised by stakeholders concerning the conversions.
Mr Kwasi Boateng assured the university community as well as the general public that, the Chancellor is currently studying a committee report on the development.