From Richard Owusu-Akyaw, Kumasi .
The Ashanti Regional Directorate of the Ghana Education Service (GES) has interdicted Douglas Adade, an English tutor at Saint Louis Senior High School, and Mathew Asante-Darko, a Visual Arts tutor at Kumasi Girls Senior High School, all in Kumasi, for allegedly raping two students on the respective campuses.
The two are due to appear before the GES Disciplinary Committee.
Mr. Adade is alleged to have raped a Form Three Visual Arts student at the Saint Louis Senior High Kumasi campus. His victim (name withheld) first reported the incident to the Senior House Mistress of the school, after which a complaint was lodged at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Police Station, leading to his arrest last week.
He was later granted police enquiry bail, pending investigations by the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU).
The Manhyia Divisional Commander, ACP Kwaku Buah, however, ordered for his re-arrest last week Friday.
Earlier, Nhyira FM, a Kumasi-based private radio station, had quoted sources at the GES as saying that Mr Adade claimed to have paid the victim GH¢10,000 in out of court settlement. The Chronicle could, however, not independently confirm this allegation.
In the case of Mr. Asante-Darko, he is alleged to have drugged his victim entrusted into his care by her parents. The student allegedly woke up to see the teacher having sex with her.
She is alleged to have first reported the incident to another teacher on campus.
The teacher then confronted the embattled teacher, who allegedly raped the female student, but he denied the allegation.
The parents of the victim then lodged a complaint to the police, and Mr. Asante-Darko was picked up when the school’s board was meeting over the matter.
The Ashanti Regional Public Relations Manager of the GES, Mr Mark Ofori, confirmed in a telephone interview with The Chronicle that the two teachers had been interdicted over allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against them by the two students.
According to him, the GES is attaching all seriousness to the allegations, because it involves the reputation of both the students and the tutors.
Mark Ofori could, however, not tell when the investigation into the case would be completed, but assured The Chronicle that the report would be made public as soon as the probe committee finishes with its work.
Sexual harassment in SHS is rife in Ghana. A few months ago, the GES terminated the appointments of four teachers of the Ejisuman SHS in the Ashanti Region for sexually abusing some female students.
The decision followed the recommendations of the Ashanti Regional Education Directorate Disciplinary Committee, which investigated allegations of sexual harassment against the four teachers.
The four teachers – Isaac Amponsah, Moses Asmah, Murphy Osei and Andrews Adu-Asare – were said to have sexually harassed some female students.
Four other teachers of the same school were made to sign a bond to be of good behaviour. They were, however, transferred from the school.