More troubling allegations are coming from Siparia West Secondary after a teacher has been accused of sexually harassing female students.
A reliable source told Guardian Media that four complaints have been lodged at the school but no action has been taken against the teacher.
Several emails that the teacher sent to a student became public after a parent became aware of it. The source added that students are afraid of the teacher, who patrols a section of the school. The first incident occurred the last term when students returned for face-to-face classes.
“The female students feel uncomfortable and they complain about it. This teacher joined the staff two years ago when the school had virtual classes.
“This teacher is always on Block E harassing female students and this is the fourth report that a student has made about him. There are emails sent from the teacher to one female student that the administration knows about. The teacher is always on the block harassing the girls,” the source said.
Only one adult even confronted the teacher and threatened to report him to the police.
Guardian Media was also informed that female staff members are also uncomfortable around the teacher and have expressed concerns to the principal that the matter is not being properly addressed.
“The teacher is fraternising with students during recess and lunchtime. He is always on and off the compound.
“He signs the register very early but during the day he is sometimes not in school. Nobody is doing anything to fix that school,” the source added.
However, checks by Guardian Media revealed that no report was made.
Contacted for comment on the issue, Education Minister Dr Nyan Gadsy-Dolly said the reports of sexual harassment have not come to her.
“There are strict procedures to deal with such matters once such a report is received,” she said.