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“Telephone sex”, drug abuse increase in Ghana’s second cycle schools
Masahudu Ankiilu Kunateh, Ghanadot

Accra, July 15, Ghanadot - The stakeholders in education at a day’s workshop in Cape Coast in the Central Region have expressed their displeasure about the increasing incidence of “telephone sex” and drug abuse among students in second cycle schools in Ghana.


This has become alarming due to the free night mobile phone calls.

The term “telephone sex" involves the muttering of sexually arousing sounds or a conversation between two parties on phone.


Gang rape, homosexuality and lesbianism are other sexual issues confronting most students in the country.

Speaking at the day's workshop in Cape Coast for Guidance and Counseling Co-ordinators in second cycle schools and District Education offices in the Central Region, Rev. Dennis Boadu,


 Guidance and Counseling Officer at the Mfantsipim School, added that the incidence of telephone sex and drug abuse are impacting negatively on the academic performance of students.

The workshop was organized by the Counseling Unit of the Central Region Education office under the theme: "Equipping Guidance and Counseling Coordinators to Handle Key Current Issues Facing the Students Today".

Rev. Boadu emphasized that moral decadence among the youth had become so serious that boys instead of shying away would now brag of the numerous sexual affairs they have engaged in. Most of them would be found with girls' photographs in the first page of their note books.

On drug abuse, Rev. Boadu said drug addiction was no longer a problem for boys alone but some girls also. "Apart from the students peddling the drugs themselves, other teachers and staff on campus such as the kitchen hands, barbers, and shoemakers also sell the drugs to students."

He said the student drug addicts had resorted to the use of oil produced out of the drugs called "sashes oil" and brewing of drugs into drinks in order to make it difficult for school authorities to detect them.

Rev. Boadu therefore appealed to parents, guidance and counseling coordinators and civil society groups in Ghana to brace themselves to help stem immorality among the youth.

Touching on cyber crime popularly known as "sakawa" and occultism in schools, Nana Yaw Offei Awuku, National Schools Ministry Coordinator of the Scripture Union-Ghana, indicated occultism was a major global phenomenon which is difficult to tackle and is also far beyond what rational evidence could help address.

"Sakawa," Nana Awuku said, began as cyber fraud, moved to the use of spells to charm victims before reaching the current stage of blood money and advised the counselors to suspect students who use strange symbols, candles and objects as engaging in occultism.

Nana Awuku disclosed that research conducted in Akrofi Christaller Institute at Akropong in October 2006 revealed that out of 50 students involved in occultism, 56 per cent of them said they were engaged in medicinal occultism, 30 per cent in magic and 14 percent in divination.

She said 40 per cent of the students said they got into it for protection, 10 per cent for powers, 30 per cent for success, 04 per cent to threaten colleagues and 6 per cent for love.

Rev Professor Joseph Kwesi Essuman, former Head of the Counseling Unit of the University of Cape Coast, advised parents to strictly monitor and supervise their children.to prevent them from engaging in such vices.



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