Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, a leading member of the governing New Patriotic Party, has cautioned embattled Political Science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Professor Gyampo against blaming the government for his woes, ABC News can report.
Professor Gyampo is one of two lecturers of the University of Ghana who have been indicted in a BBC Africa Eye documentary dubbed, “Sex for Grades”.
The Professor has been accused of trading grades for sex from his students and also sexually harassing them for academic gains.
The Political Science lecturer has denied all allegations leveled against him and suggested that the documentary was influenced by some political actors who want to silence him for being too critical of the government.
But in a Facebook post sighted by ABC News, Gabby Otchere-Darko expressed sympathy for what the Head of European Studies at the University of Ghana is going through, particularly, his bid to defend his reputation after the full documentary was released.
He, however, advised the embattled lecturer not to embark on a smear campaign against the government as it will be a misplaced agenda.
“I wish Prof Gyampo well in defending his reputation and will defend his right to do so. But, he must not link his issue with BBC on this “Sex for Grades” allegation to any ludicrous attempt to ‘zip’ his lips from criticizing Govt. He should not confuse us with where his zip is…” Gabby Otchere-Darko wrote in response to comments by Professor Gyampo.
The leading NPP member has also condemned the phenomenon of abusing ladies in order to grant them what is rightfully theirs.
He also cautioned that the discussion should not be reduced to suggest that all ladies who graduate from schools with good grades are beneficiaries of ‘Sex for Grade’.
The private legal practitioner averred,” ‘Sex for grades’ is a global phenomenon and I am glad it has become a major issue here in Ghana now. It must be discussed and it must be made a very expensive habit.
But, we should not be chauvinistic and stretch it to link good grades for female students to sex. Far from the truth.
What it often means is that some perverted lecturers exploit their “respected” position in front of the class and the hyped threat of low grades as bullying tools to usually attempt to sexually abuse some students. We must welcome the debate but conduct it responsibly. #RespectOurSisters”