Majority leader in Parliament Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, is calling on the Education Minister to revoke certificates of teachers who sexually harass and abuse students.
His call comes in the wake of recent reported cases of sexual harassment of female pupils and students by their male teachers in pre-tertiary schools across the country.
In December 2017, it emerged that female students of senior high schools within the Assin area in the Central Region were being sexually harassed by their teachers in exchange for grades and money.
According to the students who made the allegations, the teachers mostly coerce them into having sexual relationship with them in exchange for favours such as good grades in their end of term exams 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.
Teachers who are accused of such immoral practice are usually transferred from one school to the other; something some stakeholders have argued was not deterrent enough.
Speaking to Kumasi-based Akoma FM during the commissioning of a 6-unit classroom block at Kronum Kwapra in the Kumasi metropolis, Mr. Mensah-Bonsu said teachers should know that sexual is not a part of their duties.
“The education ministry should have a sanctions regime to punish such teachers to set as a deterrent to others and to also help deal with the current canker in the teaching profession,” he advocated.
He attributed the rise in sexual abuse and harassment of students by some teachers and headmasters to the ineffectiveness of the inspectorate division of Ghana Education Service.
Mr. Kyei-Mensa-Bonsu who is also the MP for Suame, therefore called on GES to revise the inspectorate division to monitor teachers and students of our institutions.