The University of Ghana chapter of the University Teacher Association of Ghana has refuted sex-for-grades allegations made against two of its lecturers, Professor Ransford Gyampo and Dr Paul Kwame Butakor, in BBC's latest documentary.
President of the University of Ghana UTAG, Dr. Samuel Nkumban, has stated that the recent documentary by BBC Africa Eye on alleged sexual harassment lacks the substance for it to be tagged “Sex For Grades.”
Dr. Nkumban is convinced that no portion of the video is strong enough to clearly suggest that some lecturers of the university harass students sexually – a case according to him, makes the caption of the exposé questionable.
“To title it [the documentary] as Sex for Grades is something I cannot duly come to terms with in terms of the fact that there is a conscious attempt by a University Professor or lecturer to finger somebody before giving out a grade he or she doesn’t deserve. I haven’t seen that come clear. I don’t see anything that directly relates to sex and grades, he said on Citi TV’s The Point of View.
Dr. Nkumban also mentioned that the association had always ensured that none of its members went contrary to the university’s institutionalised guidelines on sexual misconduct.
He further challenged BBC to tender in other pieces of evidence, if any, for the appropriate punitive action to be taken.
“UTAG will not allow its members to go against the code of conduct and policies. We are interested in what facts the BBC have to suggest that our lecturers are having affairs with students and giving them undeserved grades to know what the University can do.”
The documentary exposed one lecturer identified as Boniface Igbeneghu and Dr Paul Kwame Butakor from the University of Ghana.
During the investigation at the University of Lagos, the journalists found out that lecturers usually take students to a place known as the 'cold room' to molest the students.
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