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06.05.2006 Crime & Punishment

Former U of G Vice Chancellor’s son and two others to be prosecuted

By Myjoyonline

Authorities at the University of Ghana have taken disciplinary action against 17 students found to have been involved in examination malpractices last year.

The action is based on the findings of the Mfodwo Committee, which investigated the examination scandal that rocked the university.

Five of the students have been expelled from the university. In addition, three of them, including Kwadwo Tabiri Asenso-Okyere, son of the former vice-chancellor, are to be prosecuted.

A statement issued by the public affairs directorate of the University says the action is also based on the findings of the disciplinary committees set up after the scandal.

The University was rocked by a massive examination scandal in which papers of several subjects leaked and some students got their grades massaged.

The Vice Chancellor's son, Kwadwo Tabiri Asenso-Okyere was identified as a key figure in the scandal, which called the integrity of the university and its degrees to question.

The five students expelled from the university are; Eric Boakye, Robert Kwafo, with Prince Charles Walker, Conrad Agboletey and Kwadwo Asenso-Okyere to be arraigned before court soon.

The authorities have also deferred the graduation of two other students, Eric Attuah and Michael Gaskin for eight semesters; their results are to be published in 2010. The graduation of a third student, Ranger Mawuenyega has also been deferred, but for four semesters.

The university authorities have also suspended four students – Awuradjoa Banning, Akua Nyarko Adu-Gyamfi, Nana Adoma Oppong, Maame Ama Owusu-Sekyere. Apart from Awuradjoa who has been suspended for eight semesters, the rest will be away for four semesters.

In addition to the various sanctions, all the affected students will have a permanent notation on their academic transcripts and other university records about their complicity in the scandal.

However, charges against four students have been dropped. Emmanuel Eben Walker, Yvonne Abena Buachiewaa Buachie, Theophilus Arnold Walker and George Opare-Addo are free.

The 17th student, Michael Emeka Aseme did not respond to the summons of the committee of inquiry. He also did not present any written response to the charges preferred against him.

The university says it will withhold his results and place a notation on his academic and other records.

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