A BBC investigation has implicated some lecturers at two public universities in West Africa, namely Ghana and Nigeria in sex for grade scandal.
The documentary on sexual harassment was produced following an investigation into activities of lecturers in two top West African universities.
BBC’s Africa Eye revealed secret footage that implicated lecturers at the University of Ghana and the University of Lagos in Nigeria.
One of the lecturers implicated in Nigeria, Boniface Igbeneghu, who is also a pastor has been suspended by his church.
The Foursquare church, where Igbeneghu is a pastor, said in a statement it does not condone sexual misconduct as their pastor is alleged to have committed.
Igbeneghu was captured in the footage harassing a 17-year-old undercover reporter.
“Let me just hug you. My baby. My baby. No wait. Don’t ask me what I want to do. I’m not going to harm you,” he said at one point.
His university has also suspended him following the exposé.
One of the lecturers from the University of Ghana implicated in the investigation has however denied any wrong doing.
Ransford Gyampo, an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University has threatened to sue the BBC over the documentary.
He was booed by his students on Monday when he went to class to deliver a lecture. Gyampo was seen crying.
– #SexforGrades: Disgraced Ghanaian Lecturer, Prof. Ransford Gyampo in tears while teaching students in a hall, as they laugh at him, after BBC released a video of him demanding sex from a female undercover Journalist, who posed as a student. pic.twitter.com/2lqRXYOmT3
— SubDeliveryZone (@SubDeliveryZone) October 7, 2019
But in Ghana and Nigeria, the hashtag #SexForGrades has been trending with social media users reacting to the documentary.
I have just read the story on #SexForGrades across public tertiary institutions in many West African countries. This is unacceptable, and requires systemic strategies to put a deterrence to such behaviour.https://t.co/uBEOHBXKEd
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) October 7, 2019
Anonymous marking as is done in UK universities will fix this #sexforgrades problem. It’s literally that simple.
Also, using a plagiarism checker like Turnitin to hand in assignments will ensure that the work is always available for review in cases of dispute.
— Faisal (@JajaPhD) October 7, 2019
This whole thing makes me want to throw things . Have yall found Dr Boniface yet …. #SexforGrades
— ethelcofie (@ethelcofie) October 7, 2019
Comprehension is really underrated. Ladies who offer their lecturers sex for grades are wrong, Lecturers who accept are wrong, Lecturers who ask for it are very wrong. Lecturers and Students will get their acts together bcos of this documentary. Simple as that. #Sexforgrades
— ITS DONJAZZY AGAIN😉 (@DONJAZZY) October 7, 2019