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Ghanaian UK student denies deportation allegation by Scholarship Secretariat

It emerged that, contrary to our report in January of last year, around 4 Ghanaians were deported and banned from the United Kingdom (UK) due to false scholarship documents, and one of them, Gifty his father, is still living in the UK with legal credentials.

The report, attributed to the Ghana Scholarships Secretariat, whose registrar revealed the development at a press conference, indicated that the four had submitted false documents to their universities, which resulted in the school’s withdrawal of Tier 4 visas and subsequent deportation.

The Ghana Scholarships Secretariat told the press that the four had been in Ghana and were assisting the security services with investigations.

However, further examination by The Chronicle revealed that Gifty Kangah Appoh, one of the four listed as having broken the law, was not deported and was not on a Ghanaian scholarship while studying at the University of Greenwich.

In fact, a letter sent by the school to Gifty on October 9, 2019 titled “Offer of Place” indicated that “This offer cannot be used for a Tier 4 student visa. You will need to arrange payment of a pre-registration deposit and accept your offer for a place.”

The pre-registration deposit is the first payment of tuition fees, which reduces the amount due upon registration and confirms a place in the program offered.

Documents available to The Chronicle show that when Gifty was applying for a student visa, the Embassy provided the course details.

She told them the course fee for the year was £14,500, and she also said her relative had made the minimum deposit required of £3,000 for the pre-registration fee.

When Gifty was asked for proof of payment of the £3,000, she said her sponsor, the University of Greenwich, had confirmed the information regarding her Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

An individual needs a CAS number to apply for a Tier 4 student visa, but it is not the actual certification.

It is unique to the applicant and the university, and contains information about the course for which it was issued and the applicant’s personal details.

A letter of approval and financial support was addressed to the British High Commission, Accra, on 22 July 2019.

Written by Emmanuel Kabinlah-Igea Abhöh, father of Gifty Abhöh, the letter, a copy of which is in the possession of The Chronicle, gave consent to make £25,000 available at the time the letter was sent to the daughter for her study of MSc Finance, Management and Risk at the University of Greenwich.

“Additional funds can be made available to her during the study, if necessary,” the letter read, in part.

The Chronicle has looked at the original bank statements to show that Gifty Appoh has met the tuition and living costs of the Tier 4 student’s application.

Checks made by The Chronicle did not reveal that the Gifty Appoh tuition fee and the UK cost of living for her studies were under the scholarship.

On November 5, 2020, the University of Greenwich awarded Gifty Kangah Appoh the degree of Master of Science with distinction, “having pursued an accredited program in Accounting and Finance.”

It was signed by the university’s vice chancellor, Professor Jane Harrington, and Chancellor RT. Lord Boateng of Achim and Wembley.

As of today, Tuesday, 30 November 2021, Gifty Kangah Appoh remains in the UK and has not been extradited or assisting with police investigations into fraudulent documents to the University of Greenwich, as noted by our previous report from the Ghana Scholarships Secretariat.

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