- The UG says there is no evidence that shows that their lecturers slept with the students to give them better grades in the BBC exposé
- Dr. Margaret Amoakohene, chairperson of the anti-sexual harassment committee at UG said the institution will investigate the matter but for now they don't have enough evidence
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The University of Ghana has dismissed allegations of ‘sex for grades’ against two of its lecturers in the BBC exposé aired Monday, October 7, 2019.
According to chairperson the anti-sexual harassment committee of the University of Ghana (UG), Dr. Margaret Amoakohene, the BBC’s documentary did not give enough evidence to show that indeed the lecturers where culpable.
In an interview with Citi News, Dr. Amoakohene said she disagrees with the documentary’s ‘sex for grades’ tag but agrees the lecturers misconducted themselves.
“If you look at the transcript that they added, there is no evidence of sex for grade. I agree that the lecturers misbehaved and so you will discuss these as unacceptable behaviours that should be investigated but there was no indication of sex for grades. In one case, it was about the national service placement. Who needs grades at national service? She completed and she was looking for placement,” she said.
Meanwhile, the University of Ghana SRC has urged students, past and present, to speak out if they have suffered any form of abuse by these lecturers.
"As it stands now, these are allegations that have come up. Until they are proven guilty our remarks will be speculative. But all these people captured in the video will duly be investigated within the remits of the University of Ghana [rules]. Our fingers are crossed as an SRC so any student who has been a victim shouldn’t shy away from the SRC,” SRC President of UG said.
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The BBC documentary on ‘sex for grades’ has indicted two lecturers from Ghana’s premier university - a Political Science lecturer, Prof. Ransford Gyampo and a lecturer at the College of Education, Dr. Paul Kwame Bukator.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that two persons, including YEN.com.gh’s cameraman sustained injuries when the police fired rubber bullets and sprayed cold water on the law students who went on a protest in the capital Accra on Monday, October 7, 2019.
Narrating the incident, the YEN reporter, Philip Abutiate, who was also on the scene, said without any provocation, the police who were supposed to protect the protesters started firing rubber bullets into the crowd.
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