- The conversion of single-sex halls into mixed ones at the KNUST has generated lots of confusion
- According to the KNUST management, the decision is in line with the university’s policy of periodic review of Residential Accommodation for students
- But the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana has said converting single-sex halls into mixed is not the solution
Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu says the conversion of single-sex halls into mixed is not the solution to accommodation issues on campuses.
Speaking at the premier university’s matriculation which saw newly admitted students officially welcomed to the university, Prof. Oduro Owusu said, UG will not convert it’s only two single-sex halls of residence into mixed ones.
He opined that even though the university continues to struggle in accommodating a larger number of the students it receives every year, conversion of the single-sex halls to mixed is not the solution.
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“I’m not saying that it cannot come on but so far, we have no proper justification to come up with the idea and it is not part of our party for now,” he added.
Prof. Oduro-Owusu explained that although the university has made strides in increasing its intake, the deficit in accommodation is quite disturbing since a mammoth number of admitted students are still frustrated over their inability to secure a hall of residence on campus.
Providing admission for all freshmen and women admitted on the Legon campus has always been a challenge. He noted that out of 11,216 registered freshmen, only 7,289 are entitled to residence.
However, only 2,488 representing 34% of the resident-entitled students have been accommodated.
Professor Oduro-Owusu however, stated that the UG will decide in future when need be.
The University of Ghana has five traditional halls, out of which the Commonwealth and Volta Halls are the only single sex halls.
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Authorities of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), beginning of this academic year (2018/19) converted all traditional halls of the school into mixed halls.
The halls include the all-female hall, Africa Hall.
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