A local NGO, Educational Resources has asked the Ghana Education Service and the Education Ministry to have written policies on sexual harassment for teaching and non-teaching staff at all levels of education in Ghana.

The request comes after an Anglican chaplain at the Saint Monica’s college of education, kissing some students.

Tagging the action of Rev. Father Balthazar Obeng Larbi as sexual harassment, the NGO in a statement signed by its Executive Director, Kodwo Brumpon said it is necessary for the policy when drafted must clearly define the types of sexual harassment and give examples of inappropriate behavior, for the avoidance of doubt.

“Sexual harassment policies must spell out clear grievance procedures that must be followed once an incident occurs. It may be useful to have a Complaints Manager at the District level to deal with such issues, since school administrators may be tempted to sweep incidents under the carpet,” the statement read.

Mr Brumpon also called for training to be given to students on sexual harassment and the grievance procedures when it occurs.

“It is clear that many students are not aware of what constitutes sexual harassment. Their predicament is made worse by societal norms which prescribe that one’s elders are always right.

“Let us remember that Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs), among others requires us to provide safe, nonviolent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all. It is imperative that all stakeholders come together to create harassment free atmospheres for teaching and learning,” he added.

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