This new semester at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology will be a really new experience for a lot of people.
Not just the freshmen but especially the Katanga and Conti continuing students.
Whatever they are used to as being normal will change forever.
Despite much resistance from the Katanga and Continental alumni groups, the management of KNUST have gone ahead to make the University and Unity halls official male and female halls.
In separate brief descriptions of the two halls on the universities websites, KNUST described the halls as mixed-sex halls.
“Unity Hall is the largest hall with an original accommodation capacity of 448 rooms but presently has 36 extra flats. It was an all male hall until 1st of August, 2018 when it was converted into a mixed hall. It has modern facilities and it is nicknamed “The Twin Towers”. Members are known as “Continentals”,” the online description reads.
And then it says “the University Hall was named to commemorate the accession of the Kumasi College of Technology to full University status on 22nd August, 1961. It was an all male hall until 1st of August 2018, when it was converted into a mixed Hall. The main hall has 198 rooms excluding flats, and the annex has 95 rooms. It is popularly known as” KATANGA”,” another description of University hall reads.
Last week, the alumni groups hit the streets with a demonstration with the hope of getting the Ministry of Education to persuade the KNUST authorities to change their decision.
Well, as at the time of filing this report, that didn’t seem to have had any impact.
As it stands now, come the start of the next semester, women will be taking up residence at Katanga and Continental – that will be a first.