Education Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh has clarified government’s stance on the conversion of some all-male halls of residence at public universities.
He claimed a recent letter from the Ministry on the conversion of halls at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology(KNUST) makes it explicitly clear that government’s position on the matter was not just centred on one Hall, but the substantive matter, which is the conversion policy.
The Education Minister has faced serious backlash following his petition asking the governing council of KNUST, which is chaired by the Asantehene, to reconsider maintaining Katanga Hall as an all-male hall.
The Minister’s statement however, snubbed Conti which was also converted to a mixed hall last year, a decision that has irked fellows associated with the Unity Hall.
CONTI cut ties with Napo, VC
The Alumni of Unity Hall, popularly called Conti, which is one of the six traditional halls of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), on the back of the development said it has removed Education Minister, Matthew Opoku Prempeh as a member of Conti Alumni.
Lawyer George Tetteh Wayo, who is the spokesperson of the Conti Alumni, told Kasapa 102.5 Fm that Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh and the Vice Chancellor, VC have together “betrayed the hall that nurtured them to the highest level,” hence the decision to cut ties with the two individuals.
“They are barred from priding themselves anywhere as Conti Alumnus because forinstance if any Alumnus of Unity hall is reported to be an Armed robber in the public space, the Hall will disassociate itself from that individual, so is the same way here. They have stabbed Conti Hall in the back.”
But the Education Minister during a tour of some basic schools within Manhyia South as part of “My First Day at School” event maintained that government weighed in on the matter just to show it’s aversion of the controversial conversion policy.
“…Probably people don’t read well;they should read and they’ll see that because of the Katanga that was up in the issue the example that was given, it being Katanga that government talked about its aversion to the policy.
“I wrote to the Chairman of the university council expressing government’s position of the mixed Hall policy. And it’s about the policy, it’s not about Katanga.”