All everyone is talking about today is the BBC Africa Eye documentary on Sex For Grades.
But before we get into the main reason for this article, we would like to acknowledge the job done by the BBC Africa Eye team with regards to the Sex For Grades Exposé.
This issue of Sex For Grades is not a secret… we all know it’s been happening… but we’ve never had a report on it and it’s great that BBC Africa Eye has done an investigation on this.
The full investigative video is set to be released later today. However, snippets of the video which has been released implicated some lecturers in the University of Ghana and the University of Lagos.
The only issue I have with this exposé by BBC Africa Eye is that it did not show us any clear evidence of SEX FOR GRADES as they have named it. Judging by the videos we’ve seen so far, the issue of Sex For Grades was not actually tackled.
Don’t get us wrong, the Exposé is a good one, but it lacks content which can justify the Sex For Grades name given to it.
I don’t know how this investigative journalism thing works, but I think BBC Africa Eye should have got actual students to go undercover and have the lecturers actually show the intention of changing grades in exchange for sex, then that would have justified the name – Sex For Grades, because there was no evidence of Sex For Grades in the videos I’ve seen so far.
For instance, in the report on Dr Boniface Igbeneghu of the University of Lagos, the undercover reporter who went to seem him was not a student of the University of Lagos and neither did she go to Dr Boniface to seek for help with regards to grades, so, if Dr Boniface had anything to do with her, it can’t be referred to as Sex For Grades.
In the case of the University of Ghana lecturers; Dr Paul Kwame Butakor and Prof Ransford Gyampo, there was also no clear evidence of Sex For Grades. The reporter who was sent to Dr Butakor posed as a final year student who didn’t need her grades changed but needed help to gain admission to read her masters while Dr Gyampo’s reporter posed as a researcher who needed help -not a change of grades.
The lecturers did not have any conversation concerning giving sex in return for grades.
So, my point is that the purpose for BBC Africa Eye’s documentary has been defeated by the choice of name (Sex For Grades) because there was no clearer evidence in the videos released which shows that the lecturers asked for sex in return for grades.
I think the exposé should have been titled “Sexual Harassment: Undercover in West African universities” and not “Sex For Grades: Undercover in West African universities.”
Well, this is my opinion…
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