According toa student of Professor Yaw Gyampo, the under-fire lecturer is well behaved and very respected by his students.
According to the student Enam, the lecturer who stands accused of sexual harassment in the BBC’s latest investigative piece – Sex for Grades- is very much liked by all those he teachers now.
The student said “He is well behaved, he is very disciplined and a good lecturer. Most students sympathised with him in class today. Most students disagreed with the BBC because they do not think what they saw was harassment unlike the case of the Nigerian,”
In a video going viral on social media, Prof. Gyampo can be seen at one point wiping a tear from his eye as students screamed amidst random remarks about scenes in the BBC video.
Prof. Gyampo who is also the head of the European Studies at the university was seen and heard in the BBC documentary which mentions him as one of the lecturers who offer grades to students in exchange for sex.
In excerpts of the video released on BBC Somalia’s Facebook page, Professor Gyampo persuaded the reporter to meet him at the mall where he was caught on camera making “numerous inappropriate demands.”
The lead reporter in the exposé, Kiki Mordi, said she was also a victim of sexual harassment when she was in school.
Meanwhile, Prof. Gyampo has stated that he will initiate a legal action against the BBC over the report.
” I have a lot to say about this matter. But I am suing the BBC for defamation tomorrow, so I will keep some of the facts to myself for now. Let me state however, that I have not involved myself in the BBC’s so-called sex for grades and will never do so. Their own video documentary evidence could not establish this. I am aware of my University’s Sexual Harassment Policy and I have always adhered to its dogmas.
“The lady involved in my informal conversation, was not my student and she wasnt also a student from the University of Ghana where I teach. I therefore cannot decipher how I could manipulate the grade of a non-student. The BBC ignored all her contributions to our conversation. They ignored all her messages she sent to me. They ignored my objections and letters written to refute their allegations. They also edited the video to suit their purpose.
“While I prepare to sue the BBC for carrying out the most bogus and unprofessional piece of documentary in the world so far, I wish to remind them that Ghana and for that matter, Africa, has long thrown out the yoke of colonialism,” he wrote on Facebook.