Education Minister, Etomina Tarpeh
Teachers Told Not To Sexually Exploit Students
By Korboi K Gbelewala, LINA Lofa County Correspondent
VOINJAMA, March 19 (LINA) – An official of the Liberia Education Trust Initiative (LETI) has advised Liberian teachers to desist from using school girls as concubines in public and private schools across the country.
LETI Coordinator, Saah Nyumah, said teachers engaged in such disgraceful act are in essence undermining education in the country.
Nyumah gave the advice Tuesday in an interview with the Liberia News Agency during the formal opening of a one-day workshop, to discuss a draft Education Action Plan for Liberia held in Voinjama, the provincial capital of Lofa County.
He also advised male teachers to lead exemplary lives worthy emulation, adding that teachers should not take advantage of the high poverty rate in the country to indulge in immoral acts.
Nyumah said a most disturbing issue is that these irresponsible teachers end up impregnating the innocent and unsuspecting girl, and refuse to accept the pregnancies when their names are mentioned by the victims.
He added that such behavior, which most times destroy the children’s educational pursuits, create untold hardship for their families.
Meanwhile, Nyumah has urged the Ministry of Education to ensure that teachers who engage in such acts face penalties to serve as a deterrent to other male teachers in the system.
He also charged teenage students to heed the advice of their parents and desist from immoral acts which have the tendency to destroy their future.