Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), His Royal Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has affirmed his full support for his University Council’s decision to convert all traditional halls at the University into mixed ones.
Since the decision on the conversion was announced by the University management, residents and alumni of the Continental and Unity Halls of the university, popularly known as Conti and Kantaga respectively, which were the only all-male halls on the campus, implored various efforts to get school authorities to back down on their decision.
The efforts included series of demonstrations in Accra and Kumasi and a subsequent law suit against school authorities seeking to restrain the management of KNUST from going ahead with the conversion.
The law suit, which was filed at a Kumasi High Court was however thrown out despite an argument by the plaintiffs that the conversion would erode the heritage and identity of the halls.
Speaking at the 2018 Special Congregation Ceremony of the school, the Asantehene noted that Ghana’s population stands in a ratio of 49:51 in favour of females.
He further stated that the decision by the school authorities was geared toward increasing residential accommodation for females on campus and asked for the decision to be supported by all stakeholders including the Alumni body.
The Asantehene added that Universities run on rules and regulations to make the academic space tolerable for all and as such, order must be kept, and rules followed to allow students have the freedom to operate without intimidation.
The Chancellor also cautioned male students against hiding behind tradition and portray rowdy behaviour.
“Lewd male student behaviour in the presence of female students in the name of culture and traditions is not justifiable under any circumstances. Any culture that is not dynamic dies” he stated
Credit: Jeffrey Nyabor with additional information from knust.edu.gh