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Sex for grades: I’m not surprised Gyampo, others were caught – UTAG President

National President of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), Prof. Charles Ofosu Marfo has said he is not surprised that some lecturers in the University of Ghana and the University including Prof Ransford Gyampo and Dr. Paul Kwame Butakor as well as their colleagues in the University of Lagos were caught on tape coaxing girls for sex in return for favours, MyNewsGh.com reports.

He says it happens every day, citing the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science of Technology (KNUST) as a hotspot for lecturer-student and student-student sexual relationships, where a committee has been hearing such cases on regular bases.

The Vice Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the KNUST said in an interview on Kumasi-based Angel FM monitored by MyNewsGh.com that, the developments at the two prestigious West African universities are saddening, saying it could affect the output of university lecturers because “they may feel spied on at every move they make”.

The two lecturers at the University of Ghana fingered in the expose, Prof. Ransford Edward Gyampo and Dr. Paul Kwame Butakor who have since been interdicted have denied any wrongdoing.

Prof. Gyamfo, said after an excerpt of the video was released that, he would sue the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC); it’s been twenty-four hours already but there has been no show of a lawsuit.

President of the University of Ghana (UG) chapter of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), Dr. Samuel Nkumban, however, believes that the documentary lacks the substance for it to be tagged “Sex For Grades.”

“To title it 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 told Accra-based Citi TV in an interview monitored by MyNewsGh.com on Monday, October 7, 2019.

But the National President of UTAG, Prof Charles Ofosu Marfo says the body would study the video and come out later with their official position, pending decisions that would be taken by the authorities of the University of Ghana on the conduct of the two lecturers.

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