Teachers who séxʊally abuse students should have their salaries suspended by GES for a year – Lecturer

Daniel Fenyi, a lecturer at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), is in favor of suspending teachers’ pay as a form of discipline for séxʊally abusing their students.

He opposes either their transfer to another institution or their outright termination. His comments come in response to the Ghana Education Service’s (GES) recent detention of Emmanuel Nyarko, the Headmaster of Benkum Senior High School (SHS) in the Eastern Region, on allegations of sexual misconduct.

Investigations into Mr. Nyarko’s suspected séxʊal interactions with roughly 15 of the institution’s female students are still ongoing.

Other teachers at the school who were allegedly engaging in similar behavior allegedly brought up his actions in an effort to gain their transfers to alternative educational institutions. An investigation has been going on ever since the occurrence in 2022.

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One year’s wage suspension for the offending teacher, according to Mr. Daniel Fenyi, a licensed professional counselor who commented on the vile behavior, would be an adequate punishment to bring him to justice.

“In my opinion, séxʊally abusive teachers don’t necessarily need to be fired in order to lose their jobs. I believe that such teachers should have their pay suspended for a year instead. Such a teacher will understand the worth of the work he is doing if he stays at home for a year without salary and has to work extremely hard to support his family.

Many people take a lot of things for granted, he continued, since they think that government employees can’t just be fired when things go wrong, unlike in the private sector. Let’s start with the salary suspensions. Once they have gone for a year or six months without receiving pay, they will return and respect their labor.

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