Cases of sexual harassment of female students by their male teachers in senior high schools appears to be on the ascendancy, a development that has gotten moralists condemning the reprehensible behavior.
Just last week Kasapafmonline.com reported a case in which some female students of the Ejisuman Senior High School in the Ashanti Region alleged that their Assistant Headmaster and teachers have been sexually assaulting them. They claimed they’re under intense pressure following the harassment from their teachers who demand that they have sex with them, failure of which they’re threatened of being expelled from the school.
In December 2017, female students of senior high schools within the Assin area in the Central Region made damning allegations against their male teachers, claiming they were being sexually harassed by their teachers in exchange for grades and money.
They claim female students who fail to give in to the demands of the male teachers are usually abused, hated, sacked from class and or failed in examinations.
This sort of behaviors has been an age old practice.
An audio tape which captures a conversation between a male teacher and a female student in one of the schools in the Northern Region, the teacher is heard daring the student to go ahead with her threat to report him to both the Headmaster and Assistant Headmaster of the school for sexually harassing her.
The obstinate female student is heard telling the teacher she respects herself too much to date him.
The teacher then retorted ” go and tell them that this is what I’ve said so you’re scared and so you’re coming to tell them. And tell them also about the money I gave you and after that you bring my money to me.”
The student, who’s known as Dorcas, rebutted saying “I didn’t request for your money, did I request for it, did I tell you that master give me money? I didn’t. You yourself gave me the money and I spent it. Even as at now, if you give it to me again I’ll spend it because I’ve not asked for your money.”
“…yes, you know I’m nothing before you but I’ll not give myself to you. Why are you referring to your money, did I ask you to give me money? You wanted to have sex with me and you gave me money. Master let me tell you GHC 30.00 cannot buy my vagina okay, my vagina is so expensive that money cannot buy it unless love. As for your GHC30.00, I can pay you back…GHC 30.00 but I just want you to know that I didn’t request it, you gave it to me and said you want to help me.
“…do you think GHC 30.00 can buy vagina? Me I don’t sell my vagina GHC30.00. Master, you even insulted me that I am stupid and foolish. Thank you very much I accept it. I know am stupid and foolish but I won’t give you my vagina. Don’t you have a wife? even if your penis is worrying you, you should go to your wife and tell her that your penis is worrying you, so she should let you have sex, not that you should come to your student because you gave me GHC30.00. You know very well that I am stupid and you gave your GHC30.00 to me, now you want to have sex with me. How can you have sex with a foolish girl, If I’m stupid, my vagina is also stupid,” she told her shameless teacher.
Ghana Education Service Code of Conduct provides that:
c. Sexual Violence
i. No teacher shall directly or indirectly do anything that may constitute sexual harassment of a pupil/student.
ii. Any teacher who has carnal knowledge of any female or male pupil/student of any age, with or without his or her consent, shall be guilty of professional misconduct.
iii. No teacher shall compel any female or male pupil/student in his or her school or in any educational institution to marry him or her with or without the consent of the child’s
iv. No teacher shall have any carnal knowledge of any pupil/student in his/her own school or in any educational institution with or without his/her consent.
v. No teacher shall serve as a go-between or knowingly suffer any female or male pupil/student in his/her school or any other educational institution to resort to or be in or upon a premise for the purposes of carnal knowledge by any person or by himself/herself.
vi. No teacher shall cause or encourage the seduction, carnal knowledge or prostitution of or the commission of an indecent assault upon a pupil/student.
vii. No teacher shall detain any pupil/student for immoral purposes.