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The Ghana Education Service (GES) is investigating some 26 cases of alleged sexual harassment in selected Senior High Schools across the country and culprits would be severely punished to serve as a deterrent.
A deputy Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, made this known to Members of Parliament (MP) on Thursday, in response to a question filed by the MP for the Amenfi West constituency, Eric Afful.
The MP had inquired into the causes of the high rate of sexual harassment cases in basic and Senior High Schools in Ghana and what preventive measures the Ministry of Education had put in place to halt the practice.
According to the Deputy Minister, given the fact that both the Ghana Education Service and the Ministry Education do not approve of such conduct, they are determined to evoke the severest of sanctions to staff if the cases are established.
He observed that there were specific provisions in the code of conduct for the staff of the Ghana Education Service that frowns on such conduct and therefore anyone found flouting the code would be dealt with to serve as deterrence to staff.
While the National Teaching Council which is the 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.
In addition, he said, heads of schools are encouraged to intensify the Guidance and Counseling Sessions of the schools to give the students the confidence to report such cases to authorities for appropriate action.
Responding to another question filed by the MP for Mion, Mohamed Abdul-Aziz, about how much Government has spent so far on the implementation of the free Senior High School programme, the Deputy Minister of Education indicated that about GHC 560 million has been expended out of a total amount of about GHC 585 million released to the Ministry so far.
He clarified that even though the cost for the first term of the free SHS Programme was quoted to be GHC 400 million, the cost for the second and third terms were GHC 209 million each and therefore it was erroneous for critics to have estimated the cost of running the programme for a year at GHC 1.2 billion.
Source: Clement Akoloh || afriwakeradio.com