A grades manipulation scheme at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) formerly Institute of Professional Studies (IPS) has been uncovered.
Documents available to Joy News reveal, 22 final year students of the school – who were supposed to graduate last year – had their grades manipulated.
Ten out of the 22 have already confessed to partaking in the malpractice.
The students reportedly paid various sums of money ranging from GHC1,500 to GHC4,000 to have their poor exam grades changed.
Joy News’ Kwetey Nartey followed the development and reports that the exam fraud was first detected by the Academic Affairs Director of the university.
He became suspicious of the grades of one of the average students in his class when he requested for a transcript.
The Academic Affairs Director reported the development to management and a committee set to investigate the development.
An external auditor was subsequently contracted to investigate the fraud.
The investigations conducted by the AKK Risk Management Consult into the scandal, fingered Deputy Director of the ITSD, Paul Danquah in the fraud.
His password was apparently used to manipulate the grades.
Further investigations by the BNI into the scandal point to the involvement of a director of one of the departments, Edwin Ayernor.
A report released after the probe indicated that phone records of Edwin Ayernor showed that his services were solicited for the grade change.
Mr Ayernor however denies knowledge.
“The BNI took my computer, documents and my phone. They have returned all these items to me so the question is if the BNI found something incriminating me on the phone why will they return it to me,” he said.
Counsel for the university, Fortunate Fio told Kwetey investigations are still ongoing and the culprits will be duly punished.
He said the grades of the 22 students have been reversed.
“I can safely say that our students. They were supposed to have graduated last year and most of them had papers to write so the grade change actually occurred in relation to those papers and we have reversed them.”
Former President of the Student Representative Council, Sam Chris Obodai wants those complicit dismissed.
He said a reversal of the grades is not enough adding, “we are in a society where people deliberately do wrong things and even the bible says when you commit a sin deliberately, that is when you face the consequences.”