G.E.S. DEMOTES TWO TEACHERS SUBJECTING STUDENT TO VAGINAL SEARCH


The Sekyere East District Directorate of the Ghana Education Service has demoted and transferred two teachers for subjected a student to vaginal search.

Headmaster of Okaikrom D/A JHS, whose name the victim gives as Kwasi Kumah and a female teacher identified only as Charity, had suspected the student of being pregnant.

The embarrassment forces the girl to change schools after staying home for some time.

According the girl she was in school when she felt signs of menstruation so she rushed back home, accompanied by a colleague, to put herself in order.

On their return, the class teacher gave each of them four strokes of the cane for leaving school without permission.

The headmaster later showed up in class to give the students fourteen lashes each for the same offense.

The poor girl’s humiliation was not to end there, however.

Headmaster, Kwasi Kuma singled her out, accused her of being promiscuous and of being pregnant, claiming that her breasts and belly had grown larger.

This, she said, resulted in an uproar from her fellow students.

Although the girl informed him that she was not pregnant and that she had just begun her period, the headmaster ordered her to his office, whereupon he instructed three female teachers to examine her through vaginal search.

According to the victim, two of the female teachers refused to obey the instruction but the third obliged, forcing the girl to strip naked and performing the invasive search in the presence of the headmaster, despite the obvious visual signs of menstruation.

Upon confirming that the girl spoke the truth, they let her go but the young girl insists she is humiliated by the incident and that the ensuing ridicule from her fellow students, both in and outside of school, forced her to drop out.

The District Director of Education, Nana Otuo Achempong, has since led a delegation to apologize to the students and her parents.

The girl is however uncomfortable going back to the school was, but thankfully, she has since enrolled in a nearby private school, obviously at extra cost to her parents.

Nana Acheampong believes the disciplinary action is enough to deter others from abusing students.

“I saw that the head behaved unprofessionally and have demoted him” he said.

Nana Acheampong went on to explain that the female teacher has been transferred to a remote primary school where she will not have access to adolescents to abuse in such a manner.

Story by Prince Appiah

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