The Ministry of Education is urging management of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to reconsider its decision to convert all-male University hall (Katanga Hall) into a mixed one.
Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Education minister, says the move is to preserve a peaceful and conducive atmosphere for effective academic work and cordial relationships in the University.
Tension has been building up after the conversion of the traditionally single-sex halls into a mixed one.
Andrews Kwasi Boateng, the KNUST Registrar yesterday called for calm following heightened tension on campus.
In a letter to the KNUST Council, the minister said “I, therefore, wish to reiterate the position of government on this matter that (Katanga) University Hall remain a male hall of residence as prevailing in other sister universities e.g Commonwealth Hall in UG, Casley-Hayford Hall in UCC, Union, Ecowas, and Savannah halls in UDS.”
In other developments, the Ashanti Regional Security Council declared the school a security zone pointing to planned attacks.
A police and military contingent have since been deployed to the school to maintain law and order.