Sexual violence and other related abuses in schools are responsible for the underperformance of female pupils.
This is according to a ground breaking report on ‘school violence’ recently published by Plan International.
As part of Plan International ‘Learn Without Fear Campaign,’ the report is designed to intensify the campaign against all forms of violence against children in school.
The report says girls, as young as ten (10), in many African countries are being forced to have sex with their teachers to pass exams.
“Pupils are faced with threats of poor grades in the hands of the teachers,” the report states, while adding that those who refused to have sex with these teachers stands the risk of failing their exams.
According to the report, sexual violence is being institutionalized in some schools throughout Africa. It says victims of this type of violence are ashamed and traumatized to speak out while school authorities pay leap services to this menace.
The report says it is estimated that more than three hundred and fifty million children fall victim of some form of violence in schools every year.
The reports critically examined three major areas, sexual violence rapes for grades, corporal punishment and bullying.
Plan Sierra Leone has focused on sexual abuse in school. The campaign goal in Sierra Leone is to eradicate sexual exploitation in schools by December 2011.
The ‘Learn Without Fear Campaign’ will be launched in Freetown on the 19th November 2008, which will coincide with the International Day for the Prevention of Child.
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