Corrupt SHS students entering corrupt society with well-rehearsed experience – U-G Prof

A professor at the University of Ghana Business School, Godfred Bokpin has accused some senior high school students of engaging corruption at that level.

He explained that the students are threatening to beat invigilators who prevented them from cheating in the examinations.

This, he said, smacks of corruption on their part.

Prof Bokpin said these while speaking at an Imani-GIZ reform dialogue  series on the theme: ‘Risk of corruption to entrepreneurial and business growth in Ghana’ held on Tuesday November 23.

He further called on Ghanaians to accept that corruption has come to stay hence, measures should be taken to address the menace.

He stated that people don’t feel any particular guilt about the menace.

“Conscience-wise, people don’t feel any particular guilt by doing certain things because they know that we steal in proportion to access. So those who have access to more steal more, those who have access to less steal less. It is happening across the entire society.”

When asked by moderator of the event who is also Vice President of Imani Africa, Mr Kofi Bentil whether he is calling for an acceptance of the practice due to the line of his analyses, he answered “We must acknowledge it, accept it and take steps to address  it.

“Go to the secondary schools and see how some students are trying to beat up  invigilators who were strict  in preventing them from copying . Go to our  pre-tertiary schools and see  how politicians  have messed up the control  channel that practically disarm  the school management  from actually enforcing  anything even if it is ethical.

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“These are the people who, very soon, will take over and you will see how that is feeding into the politics among students and the corruption in the tertiary  level. As they are exiting, they are entering the bigger corrupt society with well-rehearsed experience.

“All the leaders we talk about never institutionalized any anti-corruption culture in this country and many of them to the extent that they were successful they  assembled around themselves enough corrupt people  to do exactly the opposite of what,  perhaps  they portray to society. You can get examples under Nkrumah, you can get examples under Rawlings  and even President Mills.”

By Laud Nartey||Ghana