An organisational psychologist and lecturer at the University of Ghana, Professor Kwesi Amponsah Tawiah says the University of Ghana cannot summarily suspend or dismiss Professor Ransford Gyampo without investigating the claims against him.
Speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show, Professor Amponsah Tawiah said an investigation must first be conducted to establish the case against the accused.
“When issues of harassment take place, we need to go through the process of investigating because a number of them have come up to be cases of blackmail and relationship gone sour. So we don’t have to just jump up because looking at the evidence brought, what we need to do is for the University to investigate the case. But the question is whether they will expedite action. Because this information came into the public domain sometime ago which they needed to investigate to bring closure to the matter to see some action being taken by the University. But without you investigating, you cannot…Many at times, what they do in organizations is to transfer who ever is involved before anything happens.”
Prof. Gyampo and one other lecturer at the University are at the center of a documentary premiered by the BBC Africa Eye on alleged sexual harassment tagged “Sex For Grades.”
BBC sent undercover journalists posing as students inside the University of Ghana, Legon to ascertain the claims.
Both lecturers have denied the claims, But Prof. Gyamfo, has threatened to sue the international media house for defamation.
President of the University of Ghana (UG) chapter of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), Dr. Samuel Nkumban has stated that the recent documentary by BBC Africa Eye on alleged sexual harassment lacks the substance for it to be tagged “Sex For Grades.”
Dr. Nkumban is convinced that no portion of the video is strong enough to clearly suggest that some lecturers of the university harass students sexually – a case according to him makes the caption of the exposé questionable.
“To title it [the documentary] 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,
Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah had earlier called for a thorough investigation into the alleged sexual harassment of female students by the lecturers.
He says that an investigation into the matter will help establish the facts of the matter.
“In Prof. Gyampo’s defence, he has been speaking about the fact that the narrative that they have put on him does not reflect the fact that they claim to have uncovered and I think that there may be the need for a certain proper looking into [the issue] to determine whether what they are claiming is the narrative is exactly what has transpired. Everybody has the right to be heard.”