The Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape coast, Professor Domwine Dabire Kuupole has said the University frowns on students who give tokens to teachers at the end of their courses. According to Prof. Kuupole, when students do that it serves to influence even the very objective tutors and therefore called on students to discontinue such practices.
He was responding to questions during the Second Annual Women’s Conference of the Distance Education Students’ Association of Ghana (DESAG) UCC.
The Vice Chancellor said, “We frown on induced gifts. That is, something you give at the end of the course to a tutor. We don’t like it. It serves to influence, even if this tutor says I am objective, whether you give me the gift or not I don’t think that will influence me. To start with, we don’t want it. We don’t like it and as teachers of the nation, we frown on that. So we don’t want to hear that any group of students have contributed at the end of the course to buy something for a course tutor”.
Prof. Kuupole also said the university at the end of each academic year, give scholarships to some of the most brilliant students to pursue their post graduate programmes. He said though the number of students offered the scholarship is very limited, the management of the university is making efforts to get government to increase the number.
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast assured students that study centers, relaxation centers and hostel facilities will soon be built to ensure that distance students are comfortable when on campus. He advised the Distance Students to make good use of the various regional libraries and libraries of the tertiary institutions around them to improve their academic work.
Professor Domwine Dabire Kuupole said the management of the university would not relent on its efforts to collaborate with DESAG to champion their cause.