Dr Esi Bani the Issue of FERPA and the Accreditation Debate in Ghana

Dr. Esi Bani, the Issue of FERPA, and the Accreditation Debate in Ghana We are not oblivious to what afflict us as Ghanaians. We are aware of the dangers of viewing anything Ghanaian, first, from a political lens, especially for those of us who are
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  Dr. Esi Bani, the Issue of FERPA, and the Accreditation Debate in Ghana We are not oblivious to what afflict us as Ghanaians. We are aware of the dangers of viewing anything Ghanaian, first, from a political lens, especially for those of us who are positioned within the political structures to derive benefits from the status quo. But what we, the authors of the report Dr. Esi Bani set out to respond to, failed to appreciate is how deep political coloration has infiltrated even the academy, whereby even issues bothering on matters of intellectual dishonesty must be first viewed from a political angle. The danger is that once political colors are inected into what should be a policy debate, the desire to respond is not driven by the logic of the common good! the desire is purely political. This desire manifests itself in the following  behavior" how do # shoot the concerns being raised by colleagues down because # $now individuals who have been identified as culprits%&irst, it is important to educate Dr. Esi Bani on what e'actly &E()* is and what it is intended to achieve. &E()* is a federal law that protects the privacy of students+ educational records! meaning that, upon the attainment of -, students have direct control over their educational record. #nstructors *//0T release such records to even parents without the consent of a student in question upon that student attaining the age of -. What has &E()* got to do with the  private educational records of individuals we have identified in our report% &or other wider methodological issues that other contenders in this debate tried to raised, so they could deceitfully evade the issues in contention, please following the lin$ to our reoinder http"11www.ghanaweb.com1Ghana2ome)age1features1(eoinder3response3from3453on3recent3media3allegations367689 The position Dr. Esi Bani too$ on the issue of &E()* suggests two things. The learned  professor+s position suggests that either she is completely ill3informed about what &E()* actually is and what it is meant to achieve or by her association with individuals :perhaps our  /D chairman and the #G), since her husband is the current 5inister for the #nterior in Ghana;, she has to sacrifice her hard3earned intellectual reputation to defend the indefensible. #f the first suggestion holds true, then the <niversity of =ouisville has a problem on its hands, as the  professor lac$s understanding of what &E()* is. The implications of this position are numerous  but not the tas$ of this reoinder. 0n the other, if by the fact of Dr. Esi Bani+s association with those who wield power in Ghana, she must simply fish out for some confusing acronyms to  baffle readers, then Ghana has a huge problem, as intellectuals of her stature are e'pected to  promote and defend the common good, the reason why academic tenure is a necessary safeguard for academic freedom or liberty. *gain, readers should be able to identify the implications of this position, as that is not the tas$ of this reoinder. =et+s learn to be on the good side of history by evaluating issues critically before ta$ing position on them. *s intellectuals, we should not be in a haste to ta$e position or be driven by other e'traneous political considerations to position ourselves in ways that e'pose us to public ridicule.(eaders can follow Dr. Esi Bani+s position on the matter of contention below.)rosper >ao Tsi$ata, )hD  *ssistant )rofessor of ommunication ?aldosta 4tate <niversity*. @obla Dotsey, )hDDirector, hemical (esearch and Development Dr. Esi Bani+s response" # ust finished reading the Tsi$ata report on the problem of Diploma 5ills, and # must say # hopehe and partner got &amily Educational (ights and )rivacy *ct :&E()*; clearance for his study  before proceeding with the public naming and shaming of individuals without their consent.*s an academic # dare not do that nor would # countenance such unethical conduct from my students. )eriod.>E4 there is a serious problem with unaccredited diploma mills defrauding people who may or may not $now the accreditation status of the institutions they enroll in for E*(/ED degrees. They could have highlighted the institutions W#T20<T listing individuals names. # hope they hire good lawyers to defend them against at least libel lawsuits.The matter of the validity of peopleAs qualifications is a confidential matter between them and their employees.# rest my case.Dr. Esi Dogbey3Bani :in case you do not $now her, she is the wife of the 5inister of the #nterior in Ghana and an *ssociate )rofessor, <niversity of =ouisville, @entuc$y;.


Jun 12, 2019
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