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#Sex for grades: ‘No evidence to prove our lecturer did anything wrong’, University of Ghana reacts to BBC Africa eye documentary

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The University of Ghana (UG) has finally  reacted to the BBC Africa Eye latest documentary on sex-for-grades in West African universities, saying there was no evidence of sex-for-grades in the video and transcript from the BBC’s documentary.

The University also said that it could not find a concrete evidence to prove its lecturer, Professor Gyambo Ransford, actually slept with the female student to give her better grades.

It further added that  the documentary did not provide any evidence to prove that the students were awarded marks by the lecturers.

The BBC ‘Sex for Grades’ documentary had earlier indicted two Ghanaian academicians –  a Political Science lecturer, Prof. Ransford Gyampo and a lecturer at the College of Education, Dr. Paul Kwame Bukator.

But, the Chairperson of the anti-sexual harassment committee of the University of Ghana (UG), Dr Margaret Amoakohene has refuted the allegations.

Reacting in an interview with Citi News, a Ghanaian-based media outfit, Dr  Amoakohene informed that she has watched the documentary and could not find a concrete evidence to backup claims of sexual harassment or exploitation.

“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 behaviors 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.

Though, in the documentary, Professor Gyambo was filmed pestering a female student to kiss him as well as become his girlfriend. The journalist who posed as a student, had asked him to become her mentor. He accepted her request but asked her for more than she bargained.

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OYSCATECH directs students to resume, constitutes COVID-19 task force committee

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The Board of Studies for Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology, Igboora under the chairmanship of the acting Rector, Mr. Olaniyi Adekunle at its meeting on Thursday, September 24, 2020 approved the resumption of ND II and HND II Students for Monday, September 28, 2020.

According to the internal memorandum signed by the Acting Registrar, Mr. Paul Oyediran, lectures and other academic activities will commence immediately on Monday, September 28, 2020.
According to the revised academic calendar, Monday, September 28, 2020 to Wednesday, October 7, 2020 has been scheduled as 1st semester revision week for HND II and ND II Students.

Meanwhile, the 1st Semester examination for ND II and HND Il Students will hold between Monday, October 12, 2020 and October 24, 2020, while e-learning for second semester would commence by October 26, 2020.

Similarly, other categories of Students which include the ND I and HND I are to resume for normal academic activities on Monday, October 26, 2020, while the 1st semester examination for ND I and HND I is expected to commence by November 9, 2020 and end in November 21, 2020.

The Board of Studies at its meeting also noted the constitution of OYSCATECH covid-19 task force committee by the management.

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The Committee headed by Dr. Oladapo Ojo is mandated to ensure that Staff and Students adhere strictly to covid-19 guidelines.

The Board of Studies for Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology, Igboora under the chairmanship of the acting Rector, Mr. Olaniyi Adekunle at its meeting last  Thursday, approved the resumption of ND II and HND II Students for Monday, September 28, 2020.

Contained in the internal memorandum signed by the Acting Registrar, Mr. Paul Oyediran, lectures and other academic activities will commence immediately on Monday, September 28, 2020.

According to the revised academic calendar, Monday, September 28, 2020 to Wednesday, October 7, 2020 has been scheduled as 1st semester revision week for HND II and ND II Students.

Meanwhile, the 1st Semester examination for HND II and HND I Students will hold between Monday, October 12, 2020 and October 24, 2020, while e-learning for second semester would commence by October 26, 2020.

Also, other categories of Students which include the ND I and HND II are to resume for normal academic activities on Monday, October 26, 2020, while the 1st semester examination for ND I and HND I is expected to commence by November 9, 2020 and end in November 21, 2020.

The Board of Studies at its meeting also noted the constitution of OYSCATECH covid-19 task force committee by the management.

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The Committee headed by Dr. Ojo is mandated to ensure that Staff and Students adhere strictly to covid-19 guidelines.

 

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COVID-19: Ibadan Poly rector advocates accurate information, as institutions prepare for resumption

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The Rector of The Polytechnic, Ibadan (TPI), Professor Kazeem Adebiyi has advocated for keeping of up to date and accurate information as part of management’s efforts to curtail the dreaded Covid- 19 pandemic in our tertiary Institution.

Professor Adebiyi advocated this at a lecture he presented recently at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso.

Adebiyi who presented a paper on staff/ staff relationship under new norms and values in Education Delivery after Covid -19 stressed the need for the Tertiary Institutions in the country to provide transparent communication in their day to day activities as part of the strategies to curtail the dreaded Covid- 19 pandemic.

He maintained that management of the institutions should as a rule listen to their staff and respond to concerns about their wellbeing.

The Rector, who also  noted that the Management should organise ways to ease the burdens on their staff emphasised that attention must also be given to their mental health and well- being.

He averred that the closure of educational institutions as a preventive measure against the spread of Covid- 19 has affected the education, wellbeing and functioning of all parties involved and efforts must be made to curtail it by living with it safely.

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Ibadan Poly sacks chief lecturer over alleged sexual misconduct

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The management of The Polytechnic, Ibadan last Tuesday terminated the appointment of Mr. Ajadi Kelani Ojo Omotosho, a lecturer in the department of Urban and Regional Planning in the institution.

 

According to a statement signed by the institution’s Registrar/Secretary to the Council, Fawale M.T and made available to Mega Icon Magazine, the lecturer was shown the way out of the citadel of learning for his involvement in act of misconduct which resulted in “embarrassing and tarnishing the image” of The Polytechnic, Ibadan , his employer.

 

The letter of termination dated 15th September, 2020 , signed by Fawale M.T, the Registrar read, “You will recall that you were engaged in an inappropriate behavior and a poorly managed relationship with your former student. These resulted in embarrassing and tarnishing the image of your employer, The Polytechnic, Ibadan.

 

“You will also recall your responses and appearances before the investigation panel and senior staff disciplinary committee that looked into the above matters. After a careful consideration of the issues above, the Governing Council found you guilty as your actions and activities amount to misconduct.

 

“The Governing Council, therefore approved the immediate termination on your appointment with effect from Friday , 11th September,2020. “You are to handover all properties of the institution in your possession to your Head of Department”, the letter concluded.

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