The University of Ghana has reacted to the BBC latest documentary on sex-for-grades in West African universities – The documentary implicated two of the university’s lecturers, Professor Ransford Gyampo and Dr Paul Kwame Butakor
But Dr Margaret Amoakohene, the chairperson of the school’s anti-sexual harassment committee has refuted the allegations – According to her, there was no evidence of sex-for-grades in the video and transcript from the BBC’s documentary – Dr Amoakohene, however, indicated that there was misconduct on the part of the lecturers and they could be investigated The University 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.
According to Dr Margaret Amoakohene, chairperson of the university’s anti-sexual harassment committee, the video did nothing to prove the allegations of sex-for-grades against the lecturers. Prof Gyampo and Dr Butakor were caught in the BBC documentary which covered the practice for sex-for-grades in universities in Ghana and Nigeria.
While Gyampo was heard making proposals of marriage to an undercover journalist who disguised as a female student wanting to be mentored by him, Butakor was caught begging to be a side guy of the supposed student. Reacting to the explosive video, barely 24 hours after it first surfaced, Dr Amoakohene stated that though there was some misconduct on the part of the lecturers, it is not a case of ‘sex-for-grades’ as the title suggested.
“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.
“In the other case according to the transcript, the lady approached him [Prof. Gyampo] and said she wanted him to be a mentor. She actually confirmed she wasn’t his student but asked that he mentors her. So where is the grade involved in this? You are able to discuss grades and sex when you find a lecturer who is dating his own students, and either unnecessarily giving them grades that they don’t deserve or marking them down because they have refused your advances. But in the two cases that are cited, I don’t see sex for grades,” she said.
Speaking in an interview with Citi FM, Dr Amoakohene who supports an investigation into the misconduct of her colleagues explained that “you are able to discuss grades and sex when you find a lecturer who is dating his own students, and either unnecessarily giving them grades that they don’t deserve or marking them down because they have refused your advances. But in the two cases that are cited, I don’t see sex for grades.”