Old Continentals storm Ministry of Education to submit petition against hall conversion
A contingent from Ghana’s largest university hall on Thursday expressed their opposition to a proposal by KNUST to convert their hall into a unisex one.
Unity Hall, popularly called Continental or Conti, has been an all-mall hall since its establishment in 1968.
However, the University authorities at the beginning of 2018 disclosed they intend to convert Conti and University hall (Katanga) into mixed sex halls starting from the 2018-19 academic year.
The pronouncement was rejected by students from both halls, and both groups got the backing of all other halls on campus to fight against the proposed status quo change.
George Tetteh Wayoe, the lead petitioner and a former President of the hall told the press the motive behind the petition.
“In summary, what we are petitioning the Ministry is that the intention to convert the hall into a mixed-sex hall is not welcomed by the old boys of the hall. The hall stands for a certain monumental legacy.
“The hall was named Continental Unity Hall. That reminds us of the continental struggle and the emancipation of our continent. So it doesn’t stand there just like that but it stands as a hall with certain historical significance,” he argued.
The submission of the petition brought together four former hall presidents namely George Tetteh Wayoe, Patrick Baah Dadzie (Major P.), Prince Charles and Thomas Freeman N. Yeboah, two Odikros, Chief Brown and Chief Onashy, Nana Boakye, a powerful Continental, who is the deputy Executive Director of the National Service Secretariat, amongst other enthusiastic old Continental, who even skipped busy working hours to fight for their beloved hall.
Meanwhile, the Kumasi chapter of the Old Continentals Association will lead the student body to present the petition to the Vice Chancellor on Friday morning.
Below is the full petition submitted.
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