Katanga alumni vow to fight conversion of KNUST halls

The Katanga alumni say they will continue to fight until management rescinds its decision on the conversion of hall.

According to them, they will continue to fight until management rescinds its decision on the conversion of hall.

Spokesperson of the Katanga Alumni, Nana Otu Turskson, said they have already resorted to court to seek an injunction to halt management’s decision.

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“That decision doesn’t make sense. It is not backed by any research. There is a plethora of academic work on the advantages of men and women getting education…it just doesn’t make sense,” he told Accra-based Citi FM.

“We are not in this for a short time. We are Katangees, we rest not [and] the allegiance will always be there. It doesn’t matter how hard they fight …we’ll be fighting back we have secured an injunction to push it to the logical conclusion, not for ourselves. We are no longer on campus it doesn’t benefit anybody, but for posterity and the future of Ghana.

“We are not backing off; we will be on them until the right thing is done,” he added.

On Wednesday, management of the KNUST announced that from the next academic year, which begins this September, all halls in the school will house both male and females.

The single-sex halls which have been converted include Katanga, Unity, Africa, Independence, University, Unity and Queen Elizabeth.

In a statement, authorities of KNUST said the decision is “in line with the university’s policy of periodic review of Residential Accommodation for students.”

Management noted that the conversion tallies with “the University’s policy of expanding access to female students remain unchanged.”

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