College of Ghana lecturers suspended after ‘sex-for-grades’ exposé

L-R: Ransford Gyampo and Paul Butakor

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Prof Ransford Gyampo (L) and Dr Paul Butakor (R) have denied the allegations

Two Ghanaian college lecturers have been suspended with out pay after a BBC investigation reported that they had sexually harassed undercover reporters posing as college students.

The College of Ghana suspended Ransford Gyampo for six months and Paul Butakor for 4 months.

Each deny the allegations made final yr in BBC Africa Eye’s sex-for-grades documentary.

A Nigerian lecturer was additionally suspended after it was broadcast in October.

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Watch: Full BBC investigation into ‘intercourse for grades’

4 teachers have been secretly filmed as a part of a year-long investigation. BBC journalists posed as potential college students to reveal sexual harassment and misconduct at each the College of Ghana and the College of Lagos.

WARNING: This story incorporates graphic sexual references.

In a single scene, Dr Butakor is filmed asking an undercover journalist if he may change into her “aspect man”, including that “a aspect will see how greatest to contribute to your profession”.

Prof Gyampo tells one other undercover reporter that he’ll marry her. He then asks her what college she went to. After she responds, he says: “There’s a hearsay that the scholars of that college like penis.”

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Media caption“Intercourse for grades”: Undercover in West African universities

Within the aftermath of the movie – which sparked widespread social media outrage in Ghana and Nigeria – the College of Ghana lecturers have been suspended on full wage pending an inside investigation.

On Monday, the college’s disciplinary committee mentioned it had dominated that Prof Gyampo and Dr Butakor had breached the college’s code of conduct guidelines.

The lecturers would bear coaching concerning the college’s sexual harassment and misconduct coverage and would resume work solely after a constructive evaluation, their assertion mentioned.

The pair would additionally proceed to bear annual assessments for the subsequent 5 years, the committee added.

‘It is like they are going on vacation’

The response to the lecturers’ suspension has been combined, experiences the BBC’s Thomas Naadi from the capital, Accra.

Some consider the punishment is simply too lenient.

“It makes the entire investigation, a joke. Giving six months and 4 months to the lecturers as suspension with out wage, it makes it appear like they’re even occurring trip, which does not make a lot sense. That is the truth on the bottom and it must be tackled,” one lady in Accra informed the BBC.

However others really feel the suspensions are sufficient to discourage others from misbehaving in future.

“I believe what the college has accomplished will function a type of motivation for college kids to be assured… as a result of they know that if any lecturer tries to do one thing which isn’t consistent with the college’s guidelines they’ll be capable of do one thing about it,” a male resident of Accra mentioned.

On Monday, Nigeria’s Senate started debating a invoice, initiated after the BBC Africa Eye investigation, that goals to forestall the sexual harassment of college college students.

It needs five-year jail phrases for lecturers discovered responsible of sexually harassing college students.

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