In light of allegations of sexual misconduct against Emmanuel Nyarko, the head teacher of Benkum Senior High School (SHS) in the Eastern Region, the Ghana Education Service (GES) has taken prompt action.
As a precautionary step, Mr. Nyarko has been temporarily suspended pending investigations into his reported involvement in inappropriate relationships with approximately 15 female students at the school.
Recently, it came to light that a number of teachers at the school, reportedly involved in misconduct of a similar nature, used Mr. Nyarko’s actions as a reference point while seeking transfers to other schools. This incident occurred in 2022 and has been under investigation ever since.
Yaw Opoku Mensah, the deputy spokesperson for the Ministry of Education, confirmed in an interview with Citi FM that the regional education authority is overseeing the investigation.
The spokesperson emphasized that the Ministry is actively monitoring the investigation’s progress, and the school has been cooperative in creating a favorable environment for the committee to conduct its work in line with the GES code of conduct.
Mensah appealed to the public to stay calm and provide support during the investigative process.
He mentioned that the findings of the investigation will be communicated to the GES headquarters, which will determine the subsequent course of action.
“The investigation has started and the regional education outfit is in charge and the school has paved the way for investigations to start for the headmaster to give out the space or step aside for the committee to have the atmosphere to carry on with the investigations as per the code of conduct of GES,” Mr Mensah said.
“The Ministry is monitoring the development, and we urge the public to stay calm and help with the investigative process. And eventually, a report of the outcome of the investigations will be communicated to the GES in headquarters for other actions to be taken,”.