Professor Gabriel Ayum Teye, vice chancellor of the University for Development Studies (UDS), has cautioned the public not to use the recorded isolated sex for grade cases to tarnish the images of the country’s universities.
“Media reports on sex for grades should never be used as a yardstick to diminish the value of degrees awarded particularly to female students in the Universities,” he stated.
Professor Teye said the Universities ‘ management has allowed all victims of sexual harassment, employees or students to report these heinous crimes to the perpetrators.
The Vice Chancellor stated this on Saturday in Tamale, at the UDS congregation at its central administration block.
He noted that these cases could be reported by the universities as human institutions, but the most important thing was the institution’s management determination to deal seriously with criminals.
Professor Teye also called on the government to complete ongoing projects early on at the Wa and Navrongo campuses.
He stressed that finalizing such projects would facilitate the process of making the campuses autonomous.
The Vice Chancellor added that completing the projects would allow the University to adequately prepare the students for the first batch of Free Senior High School (SHS).
“I wish to make a passionate request for additional lecture spaces on all the four campuses in anticipation of an increase in students’ enrolment from the first batch of students from the Free SHS system,” he stated.
Professor Teye further called for financial assistance to actualise the dream of the overlord of Dagbon Yaa Naa Alhaji Abukari Mahama following his request for the establishment of a UDS campus in the Yendi municipality.
A state minister, Dr Kwaku Afriyie, directed the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) to make good use of their research findings in the catchment areas of the university.
He also encouraged them to participate more in the activities of the university and to collaborate with it in the creation of the districts.
The minister stated that, to ensure national development, the university was required to produce students to learn theory and practice; hence the urgent need for assemblies to engage the universities.
Dr Kwaku also urged the graduates to be honest and work assiduously for the nation-wide growth.
Mr Alhassan Maltima Abdul Mumin, a student of the School of Applied Health Science (SAHS) at the University of Development Studies in the Northern Region, has been awarded GHC 2,000.00 for winning the year’s best overall graduate student.
During the University’s two-day 20th congregation, held at UDS in Tamale, Northern Region, he was named the overall best student.
A total of 4,735 students were awards with different degrees containing 4, 549 undergraduates and 186 postgraduates with 10 doctorates in different disciplines.