Editorials: August 24, 2021

THE DAILY GRAPHIC joins the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), to condemn the act by former Anglican priest, Rev Father Balthazar Obeng Larbi for kissing some female students of the St Monica’s College of Education at Asante Mampong. It says if such misconduct could happen in a college of education, then it wonders what could happen in second-cycle institutions. The paper says the 1992 constitution, the Domestic Violence Act and the Labour Act, 2003 (ACT 651) prohibit sexual harassment. It urges the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service not to treat the Asante Mampong case as a one-off occurrence and sweep it under the carpet. The Graphic says the effects of sexual harassment in the academic and professional lives of women have denied them their rightful places of merit and contributed to the huge gender gaps in education and workplaces. The paper encourages women and girls who have been sexually harassed in churches and workplaces to come out with their experiences to raise awareness on this despicable act.

THE GHANAIAN TIMES says preservation of WAEC’s integrity, results and certificates is critical and must be given utmost attention. It says the importance of WASSCE cannot be discounted because it is the means by which SHS products can climb the academic ladder to the tertiary level. Therefore, the issue of the examination body leaking papers every year must be given utmost attention. It says Monday, August 23, WAEC debunked claims by Africa Education Watch that the Food and Nutrition examination papers in the ongoing WASSCE Examination were leaked to the public. The paper agrees with WAEC, that though feedback aids corrective actions to improve its performance, such reckless circulations create needless pressure on WAEC and candidates. While the Times joins WAEC to appeal for necessary due diligence to avoid the issuance of such fake reports, the paper calls on WAEC to check such recklessness to preserve its integrity.

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