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30.01.2006 General News

University Of Ghana In Crisis

By The Independent
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Lecturers Refuse To Release Student's Results

The University of Ghana, Legon, established in the Gold Coast is on the brink of collapse over the refusal by the administration to release a report submitted to it by the Disciplinary Board which investigated allegations of academic impropriety leveled against four highly placed staff of the institution.

As the situation worsens every passing day, The Independent can reveal that some aggrieved lecturers, apparently angered by what is going on, have refused to submit grades of students in the University to pave way for the 2005 congregation of the university.

Unimpeachable sources close to the university's academic affairs have hinted that this situation among others forced the university to postpone its congregation twice last year. The Independent is reliably informed the university scheduled its 2005 congregation for September last year but had to postpone it because some lecturers had at the time not submitted the grades of their students.

Our sources also said the university again postponed the congregation to October, but had to postpone it again to March this year for the same reason and others. Another instance cited that the congregation was also postponed due to the apparent breakdown of the university's structures, saying, most of the responsible positions are manned by acting heads, which make it difficult for them to take decisive actions and decisions.

Also, sources have revealed that there is seemingly general apathy on the part of the university's faculty staff, which is affecting the holding of the 2005 congregation. The Independent can also disclose that at a meeting on November 18, 2005 with the Academic Board, the acting Vice Chancellor announced that the case of the four top personnel of the Assembly would be disposed off by the end of that month but which never happened.

Professor Tagoe, reliable sources at the meeting said, told the board members to brace themselves up for an emergency meeting on the disciplinary board's report but has since not been able to live up to his word. According to our sources, at a convocation ceremony in December at the university, the acting Vice Chancellor fumbled when he was reminded of his promise over the release of the report.

Meanwhile, newsmen can reveal that the University Council which has oversight responsibility over the administration has no mandate to preside over matters affecting the university. Information indicates that four of the members of the council, Dr Ishmael Yamson, Chairman, Peter Cardinal Appiah Turkson, Mr Aboah and Mrs Mokwa Agyemang, all government appointees completed their term of office by May 1, 2005 and cannot continue to function as such. The Independent also learnt that even though the four had no legal basis to continue as council members, there were attempts to make them partake in taking decision over the report saga.