Alumni of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) on Friday staged a demonstration in protest against decision by the school to turn the Katanga Hall which has been an all male hall into a mixed hall.
The demonstration started from the Kwame Nkrumah circle and ended at the Education Ministry where they presented a petition to the Ministry of Education.
In a report filed by Rainbow Radio’s Daniel Asuku, the Alumni resisted the decision and has called on authorities of the school to rescind the decision with immediate.
Reasons assigned towards the directive by the school they complained were not justifiable enough.
They asked the University immediately consider other alternatives including the construction of new hostels to accommodate female students.
The Education Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh in July this year backed the decision.
Speaking at the 52nd Congregation Ceremony of the University said he fully supports the decision.
“Recently in Unity Hall, there was a demonstration because the University had attempted to make it a mixed hall. I received the protest notes but my conscience told me if there is any hall that can be made a mixed hall it is of course of Unity Hall… If we want to create an equal, level playing field we cannot insist that Katanga or Unity or any hall should be reserved for a particular group. So Katanga, take the women, be bold.”
But the Alumni of Katanga and Unity Halls have opposed the decision, describing it as an attempt to promote a culture of silence at the school.
The University Hall popularly known as Katanga was built to commemorate the attainment of University Status of the then Kumasi College of Technology and officially named “University Hall”. It was dedicated by Mr. Kwaku Boateng, the then Minister of Education, on January 19, 1963.