Twelve students of the Kumasi Polytechnic (K-Poly) have been sacked for entering the institution with falsified entry results from the West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
The students were in the second and third years of their various programmes of study, including HND Purchasing and Supply, HND Estate Management, HND Management, HND Statistics and HND Building Technology.
A statement from the acting Registrar of the polytechnic, Mr Y. Boakye Yiadom, and sighted by the Daily Graphic named the affected students as Cecilia Agyeiwaa, Obed Kwaku Dwamena, Francis Boateng, Evelyn Kpakpako and Mariam Akoto Yeboah, all final-year students.
The others, who were in second year, were Priscilla Asare Ofosuaah, Razak Ahmed, Emmanuel Ashun, Benjamin Kaku Archer, Daniel Ayamgah, Dimbis Abibata Pidimah and James Sarfo.
Details of the findings from the Admissions Office of the polytechnic revealed that some of the students presented certificates from the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) with index numbers that were later found to contain different names.
Some also falsified grades far different from what they obtained at the WASSCE.
For instance, one of the students had E8 and F9 in English Language and Core Mathematics, respectively, in the WASSCE but falsified them to read C4 in both subjects.
Meanwhile, the Rector of K-Poly, Prof N.N.N. Nsowah-Nuamah, has announced that 16 other students of the polytechnic who were caught indulging in examination malpractices during the second semester examination of the 2012/2013 academic year had been dismissed.
Speaking at the 21st matriculation of the polytechnic, the rector said, “This should serve as a warning to all students of the institution not to engage in any form of examination malpractice.”
He charged the students to take their studies very seriously and not to indulge in unproductive activities on the campus.
Prof Nsowah-Nuamah said the polytechnic frowned on behaviour such as abusive language, alcoholism, unbridled sexual lives, offensive dressing and stealing.
A total of 4,500 students, made up 2,972 males and 1,582 females, were matriculated.