I’m an alumnus of KNUST, not a hall – Education Minister fires ‘Conti’

The Minister of Education is not worried he has been stripped of his affiliation to Unity Hall, popularly known as Continental Hall of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

Dr. Mathew Opoku-Prempeh maintains that his membership of the hall ended after graduating from the university.

Alumni of Continental Hall has accused the Education Minister of not fighting to stop the conversion of the all-male hall into a mixed one.

What broke the camel’s back, they claimed, was the Minister’s letter to KNUST’s Council asking them not to convert only Katanga Hall into a mixed hall.

This position, the Conti alumni argued amounted to a betrayal of the oath the Education Minister took while at the hall.

They have, therefore, stripped him of the title of holding himself as an alumnus of the hall.

In response, Dr. Opoku-Prempeh said he was surprised because he had never associated himself with the hall.

“I have never been to Conti meeting because I did not know such a thing exists. So I’m surprised I have been stripped of [his association with the hall],” he stated on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme, Tuesday.

NAPO, as he is popularly called, said two years before graduating from KNUST; he moved to Valco Hall at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital but “more importantly, I’m an alumnus of a university, not a hall.”

The Education Minister said he cannot be blamed because he recommended both Katanga and Conti should not be converted but the final decision rests with the university council.

“Government said we disagree with the hall conversion policy but the university council took the final decision,” NAPO added


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Ellis Ferdinand is a Journalist, Blogger and Founder of Ellis Multimedia, a parent company of EducationGhana.org, an Online Education News Blog, PoliticsGhana.com and GhanaNaija.net. Ellis Ferdinand is a Graduate of Accra College of Education and the University of Cape Coast, where he obtained a Diploma In Basic Education and a Bachelor of Education in Accounting. He is currently Reading his Master of Philosophy in Curriculum and Pedagogic Studies at the University of Education, Winneba in Ghana. Ellis Ferdinand won Blogger of the Year at the 2018 National Students’ Awards and was also adjudged 14th Best Ghanain Blogger in 2018 among the Top 50 Ghanaian Bloggers of 2018. He introduced the Concept of Education Blogging in Ghana in 2014 with his famous blog EducationGhana.net. now EducationGhana.org His Blog won Best Media Promoting Education in 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively, an Award organized by Neogenics Education Consult. In 2019, He adjudged the Most Promising West African Blogger of the Year in Nigeria. He won Writer of the Year at the 2021 EDUCOM AWARDS

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