The subject of trading sex for grades and other issues of sexual harassment have now become deep-seated in our schools.
Nobody seems to know when this phenomenon is going to end because it has been with us since time immemorial, causing embarrassment to those involved anytime their covers are blown.
What is even more worrying is the fact that these same students are the very ones who complete school and get employed in institutions. No wonder it also persists in some offices.
Even though sexual harassment is viewed from the perspective of male lecturers demanding sex from female students, there are some instances when female students deliberately seduce male lecturers for better grades. Whatever the case may be, nothing makes it right in any sense in a society guided by strong morals and Biblical principles.
Many a time when such issues are raised, the victim is challenged to produce evidence to back the claim.
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But, recently, it was reported that three lecturers of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) had been dismissed for allegedly demanding for sex from female students in exchange for good grades (Daily Graphic, Monday, October 8, 2018).
Just a week ago, a multimedia journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni, reported the story of a female student of the Obuasi Senior High Technical School in the Ashanti Region who was allegedly raped by a housemaster of the school after making advances towards the victim.
Additionally, five lecturers of the African University College of Communications (AUCC) were reportedly asked to proceed on leave over an explosive sex scandal that shook the school about four years ago.
A similar one hit Ghana’s premier university, the University of Ghana, Legon, where some lecturers were alleged to have engaged in the ‘sex for grades’ phenomenon.
In most African countries, it is common to hear this subject making the rounds, from the primary to the tertiary level of education.
The pieces of evidence are enormous to discredit or brush aside the issue. But concerns continue to be raised as to how the menace can be curbed in our schools.
The Mirror believes that there is the need for the Ghana Education Service (GES) and other stakeholders to set up specialised centres in parts of the country to help victims of sexual assault and encourage others to come forward and report.
The Bible admonishes parents to “train up a child the way he should go…”. Therefore, while we empower the female child to be assertive and resolute in her stance against giving in to sexual pressures, we should educate the male child that it is wrong to see his female counterparts as sex objects.
Teachers must also know that they have a moral responsibility to society and so they must carry themselves in a more responsible manner.
Female students must always study well in school and not offer their bodies as sex objects to their lecturers.
Sex for grades is demeaning and must not be allowed to fester. The time to act is now!