Benkum SHS headmaster Interdicted for allegedly having sexual urge with 15 Students

The Ghana Education Service (GES) has made a formal request for the interdiction of Emmanuel Nyarko, the headmaster of Benkum Senior High School, to facilitate an investigation into allegations of sexual assault involving 15 female students. The decision to ask Mr. Nyarko to step down comes after reports emerged that he had supported the transfer of teachers who were allegedly involved in similar acts, ultimately leading to the revelation of his own alleged sexual abuse.

The teachers who were aware of the headteacher's misconduct refused to comply with the transfers and disclosed the details of Mr. Nyarko's activities. In response, the GES intervened, urging Mr. Nyarko to resign from his position in order to initiate a thorough investigation into the incident.

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Deputy Spokesperson for the Ministry of Education, Mr. Yaw Opoku Mensah, spoke on Newsnight on JoyFM, emphasizing that the GES is taking active measures to prevent such incidents from recurring within schools. He stated, "We are closely monitoring the situation, and this falls squarely within the jurisdiction of the Ghana Education Service's management."

Mr. Opoku further clarified that the GES requested the headmaster's resignation to ensure a comprehensive investigation, as the institution is committed to upholding all relevant laws and regulations. Despite uncertainty regarding when the alleged sexual harassment began, the Education Service maintains its commitment to eradicating such misconduct from schools.

The investigation will be overseen by a committee at the GES headquarters, and the resulting report and recommendations will be disseminated to the Service's management, according to Mr. Opoku. He also emphasized that while the GES does not endorse any form of wrongdoing, it remains dedicated to fostering a conducive learning environment.

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