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Youth Network petitions regional Minister to investigate alleged rape at the Northern School of Business.

The Northern Regional youth Network has petitioned the Northern regional Minister Salifu Sa-eed to commence investigations into an alleged rape case at the Northern School of Business involving a sick female student and a nurse.

The group, in their petition demanded that, the nurse be arrested and prosecuted for forcefully penetrating the sick student who was left under his care.

At a press conference in Tamale, convener of the group, Mohammed Jackson, called on government through the education Ministry to empower victims to report criminal and sexual abuse cases in public institutions directly to the Police for prompt investigations.

The group bemoaned the increasing cases of sexual harassments and abuses in second cycle institutions within the region and called on authorities to act quickly to guarantee the safety of students in public institutions in order to instill public confidence in the schools.

The group during their press conference lamented that, all efforts to engage management of the Northern School of Business had proved futile whiles they claim the school authorities had refused to act since the case was reported.

It will be recalled that, news broke on July 29 that a male nurse on duty at the sick bay of the Northern School of Business allegedly raped a first-year student of the school on her sickbed. 

The student had reported sick, but the school nurse allegedly took advantage of her condition and raped her while classes was ongoing. 

The incident, which happened on the 11th of July 2019, was reported to the school’s authority but no action had been taken. 

Read the full statement bellow

REQUEST FOR PROBE IN ALLEGED RAPE INCIDENT IN NORTHERN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS – TAMALE

The Northern Regional Youth Network wish to appeal to your high office to initiate a full probe of an alleged rape incident reportedly perpetrated by a male nurse attending to a sick female student at the sickbay within the premises of the Northern School of Business, Tamale. The incident is reported to have occurred on the 11th July, 2019.

To guarantee the safety of alleged rape victims and instill confidence in public schools as safe spaces for teaching and learning, we humbly appeal to your office to consider the following

1. Arrest the culprit, since this is a criminal offence

2. Conduct a full probe into the alleged rape incident and make the report accessible to the Northern Regional Youth Network.

3. Empower the victims with a policy that allows them or their peers to report criminal and sexual abuse cases in public schools to the police directly without passing through the school authorities

4. Ministry of Education should develop safeguarding policies for public schools to make them safe spaces for female students.

Signed.

Mohammed Jackson (Convener).

Source: Diamondfmonline.com/ Ken Zurri

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