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26 reported alleged sexual harassment in SHS---Minister

Minister of Education, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh, has said twenty-six (26) cases of alleged sexual harassment in selected Senior High Schools across the country had been received. 

According to the Minister investigation is underway in almost all the selected SHSs by the Ghana Education Service (GES) and deprecates such conduct if established; but noted that there are specific provisions in the code of conduct for staffs of the GES to deal with such matters. 

He further added that some of the reports had been reviewed and final decisions pending before GES council for approval so that they could be enforced.    

The Ghana Education Service is determined to evoke the severest of sanctions to serve, as deterrence to staff in cases which would be established, he said.

Again, heads of schools are encouraged to intensify the guidance and counseling session of the schools to give the students the confidence to report such cases to authorities for appropriate action.  

“Parent Teacher Associations are also being sensitized for parents  to guide their wards and to encourage them to behave well in school, also to have ethics in order to minimize  such incidents”, he said. 

He added that, it is expected that the combined effects of measures taken should see to the complete elimination of this unfortunate development.

“The National Teaching Council, a professional regulatory body for teachers  is also taking steps to ensure that teachers are up to their professional ethics in order to minimize  such incidents”, he said.

Amenfi West lawmaker, Eric Afful wanted to know the cause of high rate of sexual harassments in basic and high schools in Ghana and the Ministry’s preventive measures. 

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/

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