14.03.2005 General News

Legon Vice Chancellor’s Son Nabbed

By Daily Guide
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Most of the leakages in last semester examination at the University of Ghana, Legon has been traced to Kwadwo Tibiri Asenso-Okyere, son of the Vice Chancellor.

According to a committee set up by the Vice Chancellor, Prof Kwadwo Asenso-Okyere to investigate reports of examination leakages, Kwadwo Tabiri Asenso-Okyere also known as 'KT' was said to have procured a number of examination papers at a cost of ¢300,000, each from his accomplices and sold them between ¢300,000 and ¢1 million.

The revealing report dated March 3, 2005 did not only touch on students involvement in examination malpractices, but also the connivance of principal officers of the university, including heads of departments in fixing results.

The report is quoted as saying that Kwadwo Tabiri, a level 400 student, studying Political Science, is said to have gained notoriety in buying questions papers.

“Before 2004/2005, Dela Agboletey (examination attendant) and Kwadwo Tabiri Asenso-Okyere, level 300 student, were in a deal where for a fee, the former supplied the latter with examination question papers, ahead of time”, the committee made of eminent personalities said.

The vice-chancellor's son admitted before the committee that he struck his first deal with Dela Agboletey in the first semester of the 2003/2004 academic year, when he secured advance copies of question papers from the quarantine center.

Dela was reported to have gained admission to the university and subsequently introduced KT to Alex Ayettey, another examination attendant to continue with the business.

Kwadwo Tabiri requested eight papers in the last semester's examination and succeeded in securing four at the cost if ¢1.7 million.

The negotiation between KT and Alex was concluded in his Commonwealth Hall room (C41) in the presence of three other people.

Members of the committee was taken to the spot by KT where it was found out that any paper wrapped around a heavy object could pass through the grill to waiting hands.

Curiously, all the subjects received were for level 200 Science Students battling to be selected for medical and other professional courses. The committee was therefore of the opinion that the leakages were for nothing, but pecuniary considerations.

Thirteen papers were reported to have been leaked but the report was able to confirm six, of which the VC's son was responsible for four.

Kwadwo Tabiri Asenso-Okyere confessed to have assisted 34 students to procure examination papers most of which were affluent

The university is yet to comment on the report.

When contacted Ms Mavis Adotey, Assistant Registrar, Public Affairs Directorate expressed surprised about the report because she thought the committee was still sitting.

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