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Court throws out suit by Katanga's and Conti's against KNUST

By Hagar Ofosua

A Kumasi High Court has thrown out an application for an injunction to restrain authorities at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) from converting the University Hall (Katanga) and Unity Hall (Conti) into mixed halls. 

 However, their application for an injunction was filed by some students and alumni of the two halls, but the court presided over Justice Diawuo threw out the application.

The court explained that residence has already been granted to female students and seeking to prevent same would interrupt the activities of the school.

The Judge also explained that granting the request by the plaintiffs will cause inconvenience for fresh students who had already secured accommodation at the University.

Lead counsel of the Katanga Hall, Stephen Asante Bekoe addressing journalists after the ruling, disagreed with court’s explanations as reasons for quashing the case.

He hinted that they will proceed to the Supreme Court for a proper interpretation of the matter.

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A week ago, Scores of students and Alumni of the all-male halls of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) hit the streets of Kumasi with a massive protest to express their displeasure over the university's decision to convert the Unity Hall and the University Hall into a mixed hall. The group as well presented a petition to the Chancellor of the University, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.

The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has converted all of its six traditional halls into mixed ones.

The halls include Katanga, Unity, Africa, Independence, University, Unity and Queen Elizabeth will beginning the next academic year, which begins this September, house both male and female students. Authorities say the conversion is in line with the university’s aim of expanding access to female students.

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