An Accra High Court has directed the University of Ghana’s administration not to revoke the residential status of continuing students in both Commonwealth and Mensah Sarbah halls.
The court delivered this judgement after some disgruntled students filed an interlocutory injunction on January 6, 2023.
Due to a violent incident between the two sides on August 15, 2022, the university’s administration issued an order intended to expel all ongoing male students from the halls.
According to UG administration, the instruction was implemented as a disciplinary measure after disputes between students from the two halls culminated in the demolition of John Mensah Sarbah’s statue, which was located in the Mensah Sarbah hall.
According to an announcement made to university members, “Level 100 and graduate students (Masters and PhD level) will be assigned to Mensah Sarbah and Commonwealth Halls beginning with the 2022/2023 academic year.”
“All continuing students of Commonwealth hall and continuing male students of Mensah Sarbah hall will not return to these halls, or to any of the traditional halls. They will be assigned at random to available rooms in any UGEL or private hostel,” the instruction continued.
However, according to the court’s January 6 decision, the current living arrangement of students must be kept as it was prior to UG’s direction on October 26, 2022.
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