Public Agenda (Accra)

Ghana: Prostitutes Invade Madina School

While teachers and students are struggling to cope with the day light 'wee' smoking spree of smokers, commercial sex workers operating in Madina have now taken over the premises of the La- Nkwantanang Cluster of Schools operating day and night.

The sex workers, who are living in wooden structures just behind the primary 7&8 blocks, interrupt teaching and learning as students constantly peep through the windows to look at these sex workers and their clients as they engage in sexual activities during the day time.

Sources at the school revealed that, the immoral activities of the sex workers and the wee smokers have enticed some students into smoking indian hemp.

Investigations revealed that these sex workers charge GHc10.00 for short services (a round of sexual intercourse) and between GHc 50.00 and GHc 70.00 cedis for long services and a reduced price of GHc5.00 and GHc 6.00 for students. They claim that their target is the community members, male teachers and some of the Junior High School (JHS) students.

In an undercover conversation with the head of the sex workers (name withheld), she claimed they paid GHc100.00 to one Bro. Atto for the place.

It was also revealed that the sex workers are close allies of most ?wee? smokers in the area who offer protection and in return enjoy free sex offer every night.

The wild looking smokers reportedly threaten some male teachers who occasionally confront them to stop their unscrupulous activities, while other teachers receive insults when they complain about the disturbing activities.

When the Circuit Supervisor, Mr. Peter Ngalah, was contacted, he confirmed the story and expressed deep regret about the situation, calling it abominable and unacceptable.

According to him, he was shocked to witness young men trooping in and out of the kiosks of the sex workers.

We receive several promises from the Ga-East Municipal Assembly to construct a fence wall around the school to avoid some of these barbaric situations but there has not been any significant move in this direction.

Mr. Ngalah expressed disappointment at the refusal of the community leaders to offer a piece of land for the construction of a Police post by the Ghana Police Service as the school is no longer safe for both students and teachers with these developments.

He, however, wondered why the community leaders would prefer to offer a plot for sex workers to the detriment of their own children who are pupils in the various schools of the cluster.

A teacher of one of the affected schools, name withheld, said the classrooms were sometimes littered with human excreta and urine and students spend hours to scrub for classes to begin. Their activities really are indeed hampering academic work as part of instructional hours is wasted cleaning classrooms for conducive teaching and learning, he elaborated, adding, Sometimes squatters throw dirty water at students whom they have identified complaining about their horrendous activities during class hours.

He said, sometimes the teachers risk their lives to chase the smokers away with cane while members of the community sit aloof, watching them. Meanwhile their children are in this school. We have forwarded the complaints to the Circuit Supervisor and we hope something will be done about it.

A head teacher at the school expressed fears for older students who have been witnessing the immoral acts.

The moral behaviour of students is being diluted and adulterated; therefore these pupils must be protected and prevented from seeing such disgraceful acts. We hope the Circuit Supervisor will take immediate steps to get the squatters out of the school land.

He pleaded with the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the authorities of the Municipal Assembly to prevail on the contractor working on the three-storey 18- classroom block to speed up work so that students could be relocated to the new block. ?We are not sure these people would be made to vacate the place anytime soon. The community members are supporting these sex workers and are directly involved in these unscrupulous activities.

A student at the school, who spoke to this reporter, revealed that, the sex workers sometimes send them to buy condoms for them. We buy condoms at the drugstore near the Amal Bank during break hours.

The student named one Madam Asieduwaa and one Madam Abena as leaders of the sex workers who coordinate the activities of their members. She added that her mate (name withheld) who dropped out of the school is currently living with one of the sex workers, running errands for them for her up keep.

Already the wee smokers have attacked and killed a male student who was living close to blocks 1& 2 of the cluster. They have also stolen eleven bicycles belonging to some students and a teacher.

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