Sex For Marks: LDC Fires Academic Registrar For Sexually Harassing Students

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The Law Development Centre (LDC), Uganda’s sole Bar Course teaching institution has fired its Academic Registrar, Mr. Everest Turyahikayo after finding him guilty of “gross” misconduct involving “unprofessional and unethical conduct unbecoming of an Academic Registrar.”

Mr. Everest Turyahikayo who has been Academic Registrar of LDC for 8 years per his LinkedIn profile, was in November interdicted by the institution over sexual harassment of students, the Daily Monitor Newspaper reported quoting LDC Director, Frank Nigel Othembi.

In a Statement issued on Tuesday, 20th December, LDC further announced it had sacked Mr. Everest Turyahikayo’s Deputy, Ms. Mary Nakigozi for “gross” misconduct involving “failure to professionally and ethically discharge the responsibilities and high standards required of her office in management and processing of examination results.”

Ms. Mary Nakigozi was also interdicted in November for soliciting money from law students to help them pass examinations, according to the Daily Monitor report.

In the recent past, LDC Management has come under fire with students (former and current), law practitioners and politicians accusing it of mismanaging exam results, asking students of money and sex in exchange for marks, mistreatment, and opaqueness in its examination management systems, among other forms of bad conduct.

 



The Centre, in what appears to be a house cleaning process of the Academic Registrar’s office also indicated it will not renew the employment contract of another Assistant Academic Registrar, Dr. Leonard Ssozi – after he resigned from the institution anyway.

“The Director is mandated to make arrangements for the continued smooth operations of the Academic Registrar’s Department and to fill the consequential vacancies at the earliest possible opportunity.

“The management committee reiterates its commitment to protecting the interests of students, lecturers, staff and all stakeholders and ensuring strict adherence to a zero tolerance policy towards any form of unprofessional, unethical or improper conduct.” LDC said in the Statement.



News of the sacking of Mr. Everest Turyahikayo, Ms. Mary Nakigozi and Dr. Leonard Ssozi was received with mixed reactions from former LDC Students on social media especially Twitter and WhatsApp.

Some received the news well and celebrated it while others downplayed the development saying the institution is still full of many unprofessional staff on social media especially Twitter and WhatsApp.



Benjamin Ahikiiriza is a Legal Writer And Digital Communications & Marketing Specialist majoring in Lawyers, Law Firms And the larger Legal Sector.

Benjamin currently Works as the Director of Content and Business Development At LegalReports.


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