By Joyce Boahemaa Fosu
The Rector of GIMPA, Prof. Samuel Kwaku Bonsu has pledged his unflinching support in the fight against sexual harassment of students which has become rampant in tertiary institutions lately.
‘A major reason why most students refuse to report incidents of sexual harassment is the fear of being victimized,’ he said.
‘If you ever become the victim of any sexual harassment, please report to me directly, I will do everything in my power to ensure that the issue is dealt with appropriately,’ he added.
Prof. Bonsu made the pledge when he addressed freshmen during the 2021 /2022 academic year orientation.
Touching on the reason for the gathering, Prof. Bonsu welcomed the freshmen into the Institute adding that ‘You chose GIMPA for a particular reason so bear in mind that you now bear the torch of GIMPA.’
He outlined three expectations from the students namely: to be transformed, consider building on the GIMPA community and the broader community and lastly, to shine the light of GIMPA.
Regarding the area of transformation, Prof. Bonsu noted that GIMPA was blessed with some of the smartest lecturers in Ghana and even in Africa.
He, therefore, urged the students to keep an open mind and allow themselves to be transformed.
In the area of community building, Prof. Bonsu said by their studentship, the freshmen were now a part of the GIMPA community. It was imperative that they use the opportunity to explore new relationships and seek to extend their network.
‘This will be one way of expanding your professional lives, he added.’
When it came to shining the light of GIMPA, Prof. Bonsu emphasized the enormous contribution of past alumni and that accounted for the reason why many of the freshmen chose GIMPA. He urged them to follow in their footsteps.
He further outlined three values as the hallmark of GIMPA: discipline, integrity and hard work.
‘We are going to enforce these values even more strongly as we move forward, he stated.
Prof. Bonsu again urged students to eschew academic dishonesty and strive to earn their certificates in a truthful manner.
In view of that, he said all the classrooms will be fitted with CCTV cameras and anyone caught engaging in any act of academic dishonesty will be sanctioned appropriately.
He once again welcomed the freshmen to the Institute saying ‘It is our hope that you take advantage of all that GIMPA has to offer and we look forward to supporting your studies and beyond your studies.
Also present at the event were the Deputy Rector, the Secretary of the Institute, Deans and Directors.
The students were taken through processes and procedures at the Institute and the Schools to help them get accustomed to University life.