The Ghana Education Service (GES) is facing pressure from the Child Rights International (CRI), an NGO, to involve the police in a case involving two teachers who allegedly raped their students.
Executive Director of the NGO, Bright Appiah, has questioned the reason the GES has not handed over the suspects to the police for a thorough criminal investigation.
CRI believes the GES should only deal with the administrative issues relating to the two teachers implicated in the alleged sexual exploitation of the students.
Speaking to Joy News, he said that the GES may not have the capacity to properly investigate the matter.
“It is also their [GES'] responsibility to report any person who has used their facility to perpetrate such acts,” said Bright Appiah.
He explained that the case in question concerns children under 18 and must be dealt with caution.
The Executive Director of CRI added that “It is not only about sacking people or giving punishment but certain actions should be done to ensure the right of students are respected”.
The GES has interdicted Douglas Adade of Saint Louis Senior High School and Mathew Asante-Darko of Kumasi Girls following the allegations.
Mr Adade is said to have raped a Form Three Visual Arts student at his Saint Louis Senior High Kumasi campus.
In the case of Mr Asante-Darko, he is alleged to have drugged his victim, who had been entrusted to his care by her parents. The student allegedly woke up to see the teacher having sex with her.
Vice President of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Jacob Anaba explained, however, that the case must go through laid down procedure before police are brought in.
“The first is the test of authenticity to establish that the crime has taken place before action is taken since these incidents happened on the school premises,” he justified the delayed involvement of the police.
Mr Anaba further stated that if it is established that the crime has been committed, then there will be no problem with handing over the case to the police.
Mr Bright Appiah has, meanwhile, advised that the GES hands over the case to authorities with the skill and know-how to look into it.
The two indicted teachers are due to appear before the GES Disciplinary Committee soon.
Regional Education Director, Mary Owusu-Akyiaw told Nhyira News the Directorate considers the allegations against the teachers seriously and will look into it thoroughly.
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