Thursday, July 7, 2022

Sex for marks claims rock Limkokwing University

The Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) is investigating Limkokwing University of Creative Technology in connection with unlawfully altered student marks.

At the heart of this fraud is an alleged sex-for-marks rape case that happened late last year.
Although DCEC would not comment on the issue, information passed to The Telegraph, which the school confirms, is that last November, the marks of four students in the Faculty of Communications were altered to enable them to pass.

A letter to the registrar says that the marks were changed “when some students came to complain about what happened to them by their residential place”.

What is supposed to have happened by the residential place is that a friend of one of the students, whose marks were altered, was sexually assaulted by a male employee from the registry. Apparently the deal had been that the latter would log into the password-protected computer system, revise the marks upwards and get his ‘reward’ afterwards.

From what sources say, the deal involved taking clothes off.

Sometime after the deal was cut, and after a stop-over at a Phase 2 bar, the officer showed up at the student’s place at night. The girl was not home, only a female friend was. His negotiations not bearing any fruit, the man decided to take the matter in his own hands and forced himself on the girl.

For other deals, this employee reportedly charged P700 per module.

Following that incident and the subsequent lodging of a complaint, the fraud was discovered and a registry officer was “authorised to change [name withheld] with immediate effect, and I did it without delay because I was aware of the seriousness of the case (meaning changing of marks)”.
The varsity’s spokesperson, Mercy Thebe, confirms that management is aware of the rape allegations “although we are not aware of a Limkokwing University’s registry employee’s involvement in the alleged case”.

It turns out that at about the same time, some three other students had had their marks altered from ‘fail’ to ‘pass’.

The administration got wind of this fraud and the vice chancellor, Professor Neville D’Cruz, directed that the anomaly be corrected. However, when the DCEC started its investigations last month, it emerged that the marks of only one student had been corrected.

The registry officer’s explanation is that “I thought I will be told to change the marks back to their fail grades after investigations but I was never told that the investigations were over that was why I did not change their marks.”

The incident has resulted in the suspension of two officers in the registry ÔÇô one for not carrying out instructions to change the marks, another for apparent use of his password to change the marks.

The story as regards the latter is that his password was stolen by the alleged rapist. Gaborone West station commander, Superintendent Bonnie Bareki, says that the case was never reported to them.
Typically, the DCEC reveals nothing about ongoing investigations. All its spokesperson, Motshoganetsi Lentswe, would say was that he was not in a position to comment on the issue.

The marks fraud allegations have dogged Limkokwing for some time. The Telegraph has documentary evidence of a student who scored so badly in one module that she would have failed. However, two days later and without taking another test, her marks were increased by six points and her test score pushed up by three grades.

Thus despite her performance, the student passed and proceeded to the next level.

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