-Authorities at KNUST have hinted of converting their two male halls, Katanga and Conti into mixed halls
-The conversion, they say, is to make campus accommodation more gender balanced.
-But some students are not pleased and have warned of a massive protest should the decision be carried out.
The University and Unity Halls at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) will soon be accommodating female students, authorities have hinted.
According to management, plans were far advanced to convert the two exclusively male halls into mixed halls.
The move, spokesperson of the University, Kwame Yeboah Jnr., has explained was part of efforts by KNUST to meet international standards of gender balance on University campuses.
“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 in an interview with the school's radio station, Focus FM.
However, some students believe that management’s decision is a strategy to curtail the long-standing rivalry between the two halls which has often turned bloody.
The University Hall and Unity Halls, popularly known as Katanga and Conti respectively, have a very fierce rivalry between themwhich sometimes get out of control.
For the concerned students, any such conversion would erase the long-standing tradition of the two halls, which must be guarded.
They have therefore, resolved to stage a massive demonstration in protest.
Meanwhile, the President of the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) of the school, David Dannah has said it was making efforts to ensure that students understand the motive behind the decision.
“We also have a responsibility to protect what KNUST stands for. We are serving the interest of our students, making sure that everyone is okay with every decision that is being taken,” Citifmonline reported him as saying.
The KNUST, it must be noted, remains the only University in Ghana with two male halls and they have only one female hall, Africa Hall.
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