THE BIG QUESTION: Who Regulates Teacher-Student Romantic Relationships in Ghana?

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When I was in JSS and SSS in Ghana, I knew more than three people (students) who were in romantic relationships with teachers—and though it was not really out there for everyone to know, it was not really a secret too.

I did not think anything of these relationships between my classmates and teachers—and I didn’t even think it was wrong for a teacher to be dating a student until I travelled to USA.

Out here, it is against standard rules in many institutions for teachers to be sleeping with students/pupils—let alone, hold long lasting romantic relationships.

I have heard of several teachers who have been banned from teaching forever for having affair with their students/pupils—and it is not that these students were under age or anything, it is plainly not allowed no matter the age.

I have been told that even in Universities in America and almost all the European countries, a lecturer cannot hold a romantic relationship with a student—unless the lecturer wants to loose his or her job.

But my days at University of Ghana was full of such relationships between students and teachers—and I remember how two students got into a big fight some time back over a lecturer who was even married with kids.

Surely, there are thousand reasons why a lecturer or teacher in a position of authority should not engage in any sexual relationship with a student but this seems to be allowed in Ghana—or no one really cares about its ‘illegality’.

My questions are; have you seen or heard of teacher-student romantic relationships in Ghana? Who regulates such relationships if it is not allowed in our institutions? And do you think we should allow such relationships to flourish in our educational institutions?


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  1. It’s not a new thing. There are forms of disciplinary actions that are meted out. Teachers and lecturers are just smart enough to not get caught. We hear about these things but school heads cannot penalize a teacher or student unless there is absolute proof. It’s not only in Gh but in other parts of the world u hear stories of teachers running off with their students or having babies. It’s even glorified as forbidden love where an eg would be pretty little liars which shows the unhealthy relationship between a teacher and his student. Stop trying to make Ghana and it’s educational institutions sound so horrible and lawless.

  2. Listen hunny, Student-Teacher relationship is not allowed anywhere. Not in Ghana, not even in Virginia (Virginia for lovers). People think Ghana is a lawless country but I keep on saying this; just don’t get caught.

    Most people’s moral compass have no button that says “wrong! don’t do this” on them so they can do whatever they want. Most teachers in Ghanaian high schools are banging their students who are young enough to be their children or grandchildren. I am appalled by this because these young lads have no choice. In this situation, the teacher is an authority and has the power wand in his/ her hand. Dating such an authority makes you feel invincible and makes you think you can get away with anything. it gives them a sense of protection so teacher says bend and student bends.

    It might surprise you to know that some students seduce their teachers to get good grades and that sense of protection.I am a legon alumnus and I know what I am talking about. There is no law, non that I know off that categorically states that a lecturer in Legon cannot have a relationship with a student. (I stand to be corrected) DONT GET CAUGHT.