School administrators urged to address sexual harassment
The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has advised administrators in educational and training institutions to take the necessary steps to eliminate incidents of sexual harassment.
The ministry, in a recent bulletin, said that sexual harassment “is a barrier to equal opportunity and treatment of females and males”.
In an effort to ensure that all students are safe and secure while in their care, school administrators are being directed to become familiar with a brochure issued by the Bureau of Gender Affairs, which guides the process on how to treat with such incidents.
The ministry reminded institutions that they have a responsibility to develop a policy to address sexual harassment; conduct workshops/training sessions with all teaching staff and other employees; ensure that the issue of sexual harassment is incorporated in the curricula; put in place a complaint/grievance procedure or committee to handle reports of sexual harassment from students; protect against victimisation and false accusations; and to ensure that the accuser and accused have an equal chance to be heard.