Educationist, Divine Kpe has called on government and Non- Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to intensity the education on sexual harassment policy for students.
Speaking to UniversNews following the issue of the reverend father of St Monica Education College, Rev. Fr Obeng Larbi who openly kissed three of his female students, Divine Kpe said that the conduct constitutes sexual harassment as one student showed restraint to the act.
Divine Kpe then urged the government, teachers, and NGOs to “step up actions” to make sure that students are educated when it comes to sexual harassment.
“Transforming Teaching and Learning that’s TTL an NGO, has helped these colleges of education to have their own localized sexual harassment policy and they have trained people for that matter to see how best they can implement the policy in the schools. So they have gender committees in schools that are to ensure the enforcement, not only enforcement, to bring to notice the provision of the policy and what consequences it carries policy when they are being breached and what students can do when they are being harassed. So there is already a policy in place and needs to be done is to step up actions to educate students more about the provisions of the policy.”
Rev. Fr Balthazar Obeng Larbi of the St. Monica’s College of Education, fully dressed in his cassock, was seen kissing in turns some girls who were on stage with him on Sunday, August 15, 2021.
In one instance, he was seen gesturing to one of the girls, who appeared very uncomfortable with the move to take off her face mask before holding her head and giving her a kiss on the lips.
The video, shot by a member of the audience has generated wide condemnation on social media, although a few people have jumped to the Reverend father’s defense, describing his action as a ‘holy kiss’.
Education Thinktank, Africa Education Watch then petitioned the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) to investigate the matter
A letter from the Executive Director of the Africa Education Watch, Kofi Asare to the Director-General of the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission on Tuesday, August 17, 2021, described the act as a blatant disregard of the COVID-19 safety protocols.
Subsequently, the International Federation of Women Lawyers – Ghana (FIDA-Ghana) condemned the Priest for this action.
The Anglican Church of Ghana has currently relieved the Reverend Father from his duties and is providing counseling for the affected female students.