From Edmond Gyebi, Tamale
The Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVSU) of the Ghana Police Service has arrested a former teacher of the Evangelical Presbyterian Primary school in Tamale, David Ananga, for allegedly defiling a 14 year old student of the same school, resulting in pregnancy.
David Ananga is also alleged to have defiled 9 other students, but they fortunately escaped pregnancy.
After committing the crime, Ananga allegedly forced the 14 year old girl, who was over 4 months pregnant to abort the pregnancy, resulting in some complications. The suspect went into hiding after the incident, but the police picked him up from his hiding place after a tip off.
He now faces two charges of defilement and unlawful abortion, while his accomplice, Frederick Akoto, also a teacher at the same school, has been charged with permitting defilement on his premises.
The third accused person – the medical doctor – who performed the illegal abortion is on the run and the police are seriously looking for him. The Northern Regional Coordinator of the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit, ASP Emmanuel Holortu, who confirmed the story, said his outfit was working around the clock to arrest the doctor for him to face prosecution.
When The Chronicle visited the little girl, she was in serious agony and was still bleeding as a result of the abortion. She was found discharging some liquid fluid from her breast.
Meanwhile, the Northern Regional Director of Ghana Education Service, Alhaji Mohammed Haroon Cambodia has publicly declared war against the continuous indiscipline and act of sexual assaults or immoralities against some primary and junior high school girls by some teachers in the region.
The situation is said to be the worst in Senior High Schools with some teachers openly dating female students, under the guise of using them for domestic or household chores.
The teacher-pupil sexual relationship, according to the Regional Director of Education was becoming more rampant in most of the schools in the Northern Region, with some of them resulting in unwanted pregnancies, complicated abortions and withdrawal of such girls from school for early marriages by some of those teachers.
Speaking in an interview with The Chronicle in Tamale, in response to a pending court case involving two primary school teachers who were arrested for defiling 9 primary school girls and impregnating one other in the same school, Alhaji Haroon Cambodia described it as an “abhorrent act” for any teacher entrusted with the responsibility of shaping the future of the young people to abuse their rights or engage them in sexual misconducts.
According to him, it was very common these days to see teachers impregnating innocent girls even at the primary level and that some of the girls were between the ages of 12 and 15 who barely understood what sex was about.
Alhaji Haroon Cambodia, who is one of the pioneers for the promotion of Girl child education in Northern Ghana, emphasized that he would not tolerate the increasing school based gender violence and high level of indiscipline among some teachers in the region, which also impacts negatively on the performance of the students.
“This gender violence is meted out to the children, especially the females, by the male teachers. When a teacher approaches a girl in a class for sexual favours and the girl refuses, the teacher turns to hate the girl and starts to punish her at the least provocation.
For instance, if the teacher is canning the whole class and he is giving each student two strokes of the cane, he intensifies the punishment and he can even give that girl five strokes instead of the two.
“Others also set difficult question in class and mention the name of a particular girl to answer and if the girl is unable to answer, it is an opportunity for the teacher to punish the girl for refusing him sex. This is just to ensure that the girl yields to his demand for sex and we must condemn this kind of behavior,” he said.
The Northern Regional Director of Education, who is fuming with rage with the kind of embarrassment being caused and the disgrace being associated with the teaching profession by some few miscreants, said that he would personally ensure that any teacher who indulges in such sexual misconduct and unnecessary abuse of girls in school was punished or faced the full rigours of the law.
He encouraged all school girls who fall victims to the bad sexual behaviours of teachers to report them to their parents or District Directors of Education for immediate arrest and prosecution. He asserted that some head teachers were also not to be trusted because they sometimes collude with those teachers perpetuating the indiscipline acts in school.
Alhaji Haroon Cambodia could not comprehend why a teacher who is gainfully working and receiving salary can not find one of the numerous beautiful ladies looking for husbands and marry, but would rather ruin the future of innocent girls who were still in school.
“I will like all the teachers who are involved in such acts but not yet exposed, to stop it or I will pray that they are exposed, arrested and prosecuted, because their place is not in the community or society, but in the prison”.
According to Alhaji Haroon Cambodia, the Ghana Education Service and for that matter the government had gone a long way in ensuring the enrollment of girls into school, therefore, it would be unacceptable for any teacher to try to derail the effort and jeopardize the future of such girls
He said that the outcome of the independent investigations by the Tamale Metropolitan Directorate of the GES had been studied and forwarded to the Director General of the Ghana Education Service for the necessary advice or sanctions against the two arrested teachers, in line with the GES’s code of conduct.