17th May 2024

A teacher at the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem (KEEA) municipality, in the Central region, has impregnated three girls in the same class. This was disclosed by a lecturer at the University of Cape Coast Counselling Centre, Dr Kyeremeh Tawiah Dabone.

According to Dr Kyeremeh, the situation is threatening the future prospects of the young girls in the municipality. He added that a formal complaint had been lodged against the teacher for appropriate sanctions to be applied against him.

He made the revelation during a seminar organized by the Ghana Education Service’ Counselling and Guidance Centre at Kwadaso in the Ashanti region. The seminar was to equip school-based counsellors on the need to offer psychosocial support to school kids.

It emerged that seven other girls have also been impregnated by their close relatives in the municipality. The situation, according to the GES, will have a serious psychological effect on the girls when schools resume full operations.

Covid effect

Dr Kyeremeh said the COVID-19 restrictions exposed the children to all forms of abuse, which are unusual, and has led to psychological effects among them.

The Kwadaso Municipal Educational Coordinator of the Counselling and Guidance unit of GES, Mr Stephen Asare Brew, also stated that these abuses had affected the children psychologically, leading to suicide among some of them.

He added that the children who had been exposed to some of these abuses, and are suffering psychologically, need immediate counselling to rescue them.

Mr Brew said sexual abuse by teachers is against the code of ethics of GES staff, adding that GES is committed to punishing any teacher who is involved in the act.

 

He explained that several students who are victims of teacher-student sexual abuse fail to report to the proper authorities, making it difficult to issue sanctions to the teachers.

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