Following the conversion of Katanga, Unity and Africa to mixed halls by the authorities of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), the government is planning to abolish single-sex education system in the country.
“If we continue to perpetuate the exclusive male and exclusive female thing within our setting, in the light of realities, we won’t be helping in the realization of the national development plan”, Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education, Professor Kwesi Yankah observed.
The Alumni and current students of Katanga and Unity halls are in currently in court contesting the decision by KNUST authorities to assign females to their traditional halls.
Speaking during a familiarization tour to the converted halls, Professor Yankah noted that the single-sex hall system does not help in national development.
Professor Kwesi Yankah explained that the action by the university is aligned to the “integration and cohesion” that currently informs global policy.
The educationist also noted that the step taken by the authorities of KNUST should serve as a roadmap for other universities to follow as there are plans to abolish single-sex education in Ghana.
The minister extended his graces to the students and the management of the halls for facilitating peaceful co-existence among the residents of the halls.
Meanwhile, some prominent persons in the current administration including the National Organiser of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Sammi Awuku, National Youth Organiser, Henry Nana Boakye and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA), Justin Kodua Frimpong have all kicked against the decision citing various reasons.