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No Sex No Promotion At Tamale Poly

2007-03-30 09:48:53
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The Heritage has gathered that certain lecturers at the Tamale Polytechnic use their position to abuse lady students by trading class and examination marks as well as grades for sexual favours with them.

A source close to the school told this reporter that most of the lecturers in the school propose love to the students with the firm promise that they will pass them in their subjects during exams. This lures students who want to pass in those subjects to surrender to the lecturers and they really subject them to sexual orgies. Some defiant ladies, however, pretend to be married by putting on veils and wedding rings to ward off the Casanova lecturers.

A student who does not succumb to a lecturer’s demand without any ‘tangible’ excuse should psyche herself up for failure in the teacher’s paper during exams. What looks even more disturbing is the fact that this issue seems to have been there for years and nothing has been done about it. The canker has more or less been established now at ‘Tam-Poly’ and so hundreds of female students, being aware of what is euphemistically called the ‘transaction’, do not worry themselves buying handouts and supplementary books to study, but only give in for very good marks.

Minister of Education and Sports, Owusu-Ankomah, when contacted, said he had not heard of the sex trade going on at the school but condemned it as illegal, assuming it were true. He promised to find the veracity of the allegation within three working days.

Asked what action he would take against a lecturer confirmed to be selling class and examination marks to female students, Papa Owusu-Ankomah noted that the polys are autonomous institutions with governing boards that deal with wide-ranging issues including discipline. He’d rather the Tamale Poly Board dealt with the matter, though he would personally investigate, he said, stressing that the alleged act was not only illegal but also immoral.

“It is illegal for teachers to do that. You only give marks to deserving students. You don’t give marks for any other reason.”

As The Heritage visited the school last Monday, another scandal was reported as having reared its head recently. It was not the sexual abuse thing but a misunderstanding among lecturers on campus. According to a very reliable source, the misunderstanding hinged on party politics. The administration of the school had been divided into National Democratic Congress faithful and those who subscribe to the creed of the New Patriotic Party.

Even such important meetings as those called to deliberate on the welfare, direction and progress of the school invariably slip into partisan diatribes. “When they are having a meeting concerning what will benefit the school, lecturers begin insulting one another purely on account of partisan political considerations.” That was how an exasperated student summed his frustration.

Another source, this one quite close to the administration who wants to remain anonymous, said the atmosphere at the Tamale school was degenerating and, therefore, called on Government and its officials to intervene.

The Tamale Polytechnic has now gone on recess. When The Heritage called the office lines from Accra over the weekend there was no response. When the paper further pursued its quest for an official reaction to the scary stories by sending somebody at Tamale to check from campus, administrators decided to keep a tight lip on the matter.

One administrator who talked, insisting on strict anonymity, confirmed generally the sex scandal story but contended that, not most, but a few indecent tutors lower their self-esteem by trading their professional ethics for cheap sex.

Asked to react to the NDC/NPP politics on campus, he expressed surprise that it should generate editorial interest. According to him, the NDC and NPP struggles had peaked not only at the polytechnic but also in most parts of the region, especially after the Dagbon crisis and that the dichotomy is evident even in churches and mosques.

source: The heritage

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