Fate of Teachers interdicted for alleged sexual misconduct still hangs

The Ghana Education Service (GES) is yet to decide the fate of the nine teaching and non– teaching staff of the Ejisuman Senior High School who were interdicted last March by a special committee for alleged sexual misconduct at the school.

They are Andrew Adu, Isaac Amponsah, Frank Sampene Badu, Mr. Moses Asmah and Osei Murphy. The rest are Mr. Isaac Boafo, Baba Tandoh, Henry K. Agyeman Armed and Emmanuel Amoaku.

In February this year, the GES, through the Regional and Ejisu Municipal Education directorates, in conjunction with the then Ejisu Juaben Municipal Assembly appointed a committee, which launched an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment of students of the Ejisuman Senior High School (SHS) by teachers.

The move by the GES followed Chronicle publication in January this year and complaints of a 21-year old student of the school on a local radio station in Kumasi that teachers have been feasting on the students sexually on daily basis.

According to her, majority of the students are faced with financial constraints, hence the teachers and the Assistant headmaster helped them with school fees or grades in exchange for sex.

The seven-member fact finding mission, comprising representatives from the Municipal Assembly, Municipal Education Directorate, Ejisu Traditional Council and Ghana Police Service among others and chaired by Mr. Patrick Deborah Boateng, recommended the interdiction of all nine teachers.

The committee found eight of them guilty of inappropriate sexual advances on the students and referred to the GES for disciplinary action after a 38-page report by the committee found them guilty of sexual offences.

The affected teachers, who were alleged to have engaged students in sexual intercourse in return for marks among other favours, were not expected to teach pending the outcome of investigations from Regional Disciplinary Committee.

However, three months on, Ms. Cassandra Ampofo, Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Education Service (GES) has told The Chronicle that the regional education directorate has completed the investigation so management is ascertaining whether the claims are substantiated or not.

She said “at the moment the scrutiny is underway. When we are ready, we will let the public know”.

Earlier, the Ashanti regional Public Relations Officer (PRO) of GES, Mr. Mark Ofori, in response to enquiries by The Chronicle also confirmed that the Ashanti regional Education Committee are done with their investigations and have forwarded it to appropriate quarters for the next line of action.

He would not comment on whether some of the interdicted teachers are still at post in the school and drawing salaries, contrary to rules governing interdiction.

Before the GES set up the seven member committee to investigate the sexual allegations, Rev. Fr. Dr. Paul Atta Nsiah of the Catholic Church and former student (Old boy) of ESEC (as the school was formerly known) vehemently denied abuse of female students in the school as reported by The Chronicle in January.

Meanwhile, Madam Ama Kyerewaa Benefo, the headmistress of Ejisuman SHS has been transferred from the school after assuming office on January 12, 2018.

Reports say the Headmistress had instituted disciplinary measures to transform the school but has been transferred to St. Louis SHS in Kumasi, less than a year after she took over the administration of the school from Mrs. Grace Amo Adjei, early this year.

Source: Richard Owusu-Akyaw|| The Chronicle, Kumasi  

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