General News of Thursday, 5 September 2019
The management of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has urged all Alumni groups concerned in the affairs of the University, to keep calm while they initiate moves to address all their concerns.
In a statement dated September 5, 2019 and issued by the Registrar, the school authorities said, “Management of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has taken notice of the concerns expressed by the various Alumni groups of the University concerning the conversion of Unity, Africa and University Halls from single-sex to mixed halls. We wish to reiterate that we have always been sensitive to these concerns and are committed to addressing some”.
The KNUST is currently on a time bomb waiting to explode following what the students’ body describes as failure on the part of management to address their grievances in relation to the conversion of University Hall (Katanga Hall), Africa Hall and Unity Hall from single-sex halls to mixed halls.
Various concern bodies of the University including some members of its Alumni have joined the fray with many serving notices to management of the University to have themselves to blame should there be any chaos on campus like what was witnessed a year ago.
The campus of the University was on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, declared a security zone by the Ashanti Regional Security Council amidst fears of demonstration by the students’ body.
According to management, it is awaiting to implement some of the recommendations in the report of the Committee that was set up by the Chancellor of the University, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, to investigate the demonstration that precipitated by the conversion of Unity, Africa and University Halls from single-sex to mixed halls.
The report, management of the University noted, is currently being studies by Otumfuo.
“In the meantime, we urge all concerned parties to exercise the utmost restraint to allow peace to prevail, particularly, in the interest of academic work and activities in the University in general”, the statement in part read.