Old students of two halls of residence at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Unity and University Halls, have suggested an idea to the school management to convert the all-male halls into unisex ones as to promote silence on campus.
Management of the University has begun assigning female students to the all-male halls. The school stated the conversion is to help to grow female population of the school.
Some alumni earlier this year petitioned the government that;
“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 have also objected to the decision to convert two all-male halls University Hall, to be precise Katanga, and Unity Hall, to now accommodate females. They pledged to resist the move saying they will stage a massive demonstration to register their displeasure over the decision.
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 campus.
“It is to provide accommodation for more females students in the University. We will need more places for females so the result has been to continue the process of making the male halls mixed ones,” he said.