A Ghanaian rights group is pushing for the prosecution of sexual abusive teachers in schools.
The Coalition Against Sexual Abuse (CASA) wants Ghana’s Attorney-General to prosecute four teachers for sexual harassment offences.
The Four teachers from a local community school called Ejisuman Senior High School have been sacked by education officials.
The teachers from the Ashanti region were found guilty of engaging in sexual misconduct by sexually abusing their female students.
Sacking is not enough
CASA which led series of advocacy for the teachers to be punished says sacking them isn’t enough.
In a statement the group said must be “prosecuted under the Domestic Violence Act, 2007 (Act 732) for abusing their influence on the students unduly in order to sexually gratify themselves.”
The group says the teachers “are also culpable under Act 732 for the harm they have caused the students”.
CASA gave a breakdown of the offences of these teachers in its statement. It says putting them on trial could help deal with the surge in sexual offences among teachers.
“It is refreshing to learn that the 4 teachers of Ejisuman Senior High School have been punished administratively after being found guilty of various offences.
However, we encourage the Ghana Education Service to seriously consider referring their cases to the Attorney General and/or Ghana Police for prosecution under the Criminal Offences Act and the Domestic Violence Act”, the statement added.
Ghana’s education ministry is now has conceded that the surge in sexual harassment in schools is worrying. It is now rolling out measures to stem the tide.