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Regional News of Sunday, 16 March 2014

Source: GNA

Don’t use schoolgirls as concubines – Teachers told

Teachers who have the habit of using schoolgirls as concubines have been cautioned to desist from such dangerous and disgraceful act.

Nana Esi Otwiwah, Sahene of Gomoa Akyempim Traditional Area, gave the warning at Gomoa-Kyiren at the weekend.

Nana Otwiwah’s action followed a former teacher of the area who managed to take away a Junior High School girl from Kyiren town to his new station without the knowledge of the victim’s parents.

According to Nana Otwiwah, who is also the queen-mother of Gomoa-Kyiren, the school girl was sent back to Kyiren only after the teacher had been caught having sexual intercourse with the girl in a classroom.

The affected school girl, Nana Otwiwah further said, had confirmed the nasty incident to an investigative reporter of a radio station at Winneba when interviewed.

She used the situation to advise male teachers to live exemplary lives worthy of emulation by children under their care, adding that teachers should not take advantage of the high poverty level in rural communities to indulge in immoral acts.

“The most disturbing aspect of the issue is that some of these irresponsible teachers put these innocent and unsuspecting school girls into the family way and refuse to accept the pregnancies when their names are mentioned by the victims,” she said.

Nana Otwiwah said such situations put untold socio-economic hardships on the families of the school girls, which eventually destroy their life.

She urged the Ghana Education Service to ensure that offending teachers are made to face severe disciplinary actions to serve as a deterrent to other sex-crazy male teachers in the system.

Nana Otwiwah called on male teachers in the Gomoa Akyempim Traditional Area to concentrate on their official duties to produce reliable and responsible citizens.

She cautioned that the traditional council will not entertain any act that seeks to undermine education by any teacher, and tasked parents and guardians to exercise full and effective parental control and supervision over their children, especially the girl-child.

“When this is done, it will help reduce the rising rate of teenage pregnancies and school drop-outs in the area,” she said

The Sahene charged teenage girls, particularly those pursuing various educational programmes to heed the advice of their parents and desist from immoral activities that have the tendency of destroying their future.

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