The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has converted all its six traditional halls of residence to mixed halls.
The decision by the university will see the conversion of the two all-male halls – Unity Hall and University Hall – and the all-female hall – Africa Hall – into mixed halls.
A statement issued by the university indicated the move is in line with its “policy of expanding access to female students” and the decision takes effect with the 2018/2019 Academic year.
The six traditional halls of the school include Independence Hall, University Hall, popularly known as Katanga Hall, Africa Hall, Republic Hall, Unity Hall, popularly known as Conti, and Queen Elizabeth II.
In an interview, Spokesperson of the University Kwame Yeboah Jnr had said that the University was seeking 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.
But the announcement was met with fierce resistance from alumni groups of the two all-male halls, who argue that the move will erode a long-standing tradition, which they say must be guarded.
Old students have already called on President Nana Akufo-Addo and the Chancellor, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, to intervene.
They have also sued the school and cautioned parents to wait for the outcome of the court ruling before allowing their female wards, who may be assigned, to accept any affiliation status.