The Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Sierra Leone, Dr. Thomas Yormah, has disclosed to Awoko that most of the students that were found guilty by the report from the Committee on Illegal Admission at the Fourah Bay College (FBC) are presently on the run.
The Committee was set up by the college administration through a letter written by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Dr. Thomas Yormah, on the 22 April 2010 and copied to the Vice Chancellor, Pro Chancellor and Registrar asking the Committee members to look into the consistent allegations by anonymous students of admission fraud, and grades in the examination offices, stating it has “added to the portfolio of scandals that this college can ill-afford to live with.”
The Deputy Vice Chancellor said that most stakeholders are aware of the ongoing war on examinations maladministration raging between the college administration and miscreants within the students and staff populations who, he said, are bent on breaching the integrity and sanity of the university.
It is in this regard that a committee was set up to investigate allegations of admissions and grade fraud in the University, the Deputy Vice Chancellor said, as this public educational institution thrives very heavily on public confidence “in terms of marketing our graduates as well as in attracting goodwill for the operations of the college.”
Dt. Yormah disclosed to Awoko that the Committee has submitted its report to the University Court which has set up an implementation committee to look at the recommendations and that those that are found culpable will face the full penalty of the law “but most of the students whose names are on the list are on the run. But if we can find them, they will definitely face the law.”
The reason, he said, they decided to do the investigations is because they want to clean the image of the university so that it will have the name it used to have as the ‘Athens of West Africa’ adding that the administration and the university as a whole has a long way to go.
“So we need to face these challenges now so that our children will be proud to enroll here.”
Questioned about the postponement of the second semester examinations due to the lack of exam papers, the Deputy Vice Chancellor said; “We are also looking into that as investigation is presently going on and whoever is found guilty will be punished.”
By Betty Milton