Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) is yet to be officially reached with the suggestion from government that it should reconsider its decision of converting the University Hall, popularly known as Katanga, into a mixed mall.
This is according to the KNUST University Relations Officer, Dr. Daniel Norris Bekoe.
In a media engagement following a letter signed by the Education Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, the KNUST URO mentioned that the ultimate decision rested with the University Council, which is the institution’s highest authority in decision making.
The highest decision-making body of the school is the University Council and once the Council meets, a decision will be taken on the letter from the Minister of Education.
The said letter from the Education Minister to the KNUST Council argued that it was needful for the University to reconsider the conversion decision “to preserve a peaceful and conducive environment for academic work and cordial relationship in the University”
The letter has since been met with mixed reactions, with some slamming government for what they describe as an exhibition of ‘double standards’.
The Unity Hall, also known as Conti, have expressed outrage at the Education Minister for failing to capture them too in the letter.
A letter from their some members of their alumni indicates that the Education Minister, who is an alumnus of the hall, has been stripped of his alumnus status.
They have also sworn to end his political ambitions.
“We today by this communiqué as the alumni association of Unity Hall revoke the hall’s blessings bestowed on Mathew Opoku Prempeh and wish him the opposite for the rest of his political path; Unity Hall will forever mobilise thousands of Alumni to campaign against him on all occasions and we assure him that we would play roles to end his political ambition,” the group said in a statement.
KNUST converts Katanga, Conti et al to mixed halls
Management of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) last year converted all of its six traditional halls into mixed ones.
The conversion came despite strong opposition from a section of the students.
Authorities argued that the conversion was in line with the university’s aim of expanding access to female students.
Story by: Linda Mensah and Jeffrey Nyabor|universnewsroom.com