General News of Thu, 31 Oct 201338
Education Ministry to punish SHS gays and lesbians
The Education Ministry has vowed to punish severely any student caught engaging in homosexual or lesbianism activities.
According to the Ministry, this is part of measures being taken to stamp out homosexuality that has crept into several senior high schools.
This follow reports of harassment of some students who have refused to engage in homosexual acts with their colleagues in some schools.
XYZ News on Wednesday broke the story of a student who escaped from her previous senior high school for fear of becoming a victim.
The young girl who shared her story on Radio XYZ said she faced intense pressure from friends at her previous school to practice lesbianism.
Anti-gay groups have always made the point that single-sex senior high schools are becoming breeding grounds for same-sex practice.
Speaking to XYZ News, Public Relations Officer for the Education Ministry, Paul Krampah said the ministry is saddened by the incident and is taking steps to ensure that the practice is stamped out.
“It is a big problem and it is an issue that nobody is happy about. Those who engage in homosexuality and lesbianism, I mean these are practices that we don’t condone in our parts of the world.
“We as officials of the Ghana Education Service shun such practices and we would not condone them in our educational institutions.
“So when the culprits are found out we will punish them according to the rules and regulations that guide the schools” Mr. Krampah said.