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Monrovia, Liberia — Every time year-old Sarafina whose name has been changed for her privacy entered math class, she braced herself for a challenge no student should have to face: But the harassment persisted, and she began skipping school for days at a time. At the end of the school year, the teacher refused to give Sarafina her report card, without which she could not move on to the next grade.
Her parents kept asking her about the missing report card but, scared and ashamed, Sarafina refused to explain its absence. Meanwhile, the teacher began to call her at home. Unless you accept my offer, I will not give your report card to you. Many times, officials feel they have no choice but to turn a blind eye. It not just young girls but also young boys who are affected by this epidemic. One top student, Gabriel, told us that a teacher had become jealous of his friendship with a classmate, Alphia.
The teacher propositioned Alphia; when she refused, he incorrectly assumed she was in a relationship with Gabriel. The teacher then failed Gabriel — despite his high academic performance — forcing him to leave the school.
But the following year, it was Sarafina who was put on trial. Their treatment of Sarafina grew so severe that she was compelled to change schools. The math teacher remains unpunished. The exploitation of students in Liberia takes place against a backdrop of c rushing poverty. The cost of education means young girls are often faced with a choice between dropping out or agreeing to perform sexual acts.
Even if they are fortunate enough to be able to go to school rather than work at a young age, they may not have enough money for fees, uniforms or school supplies. Yet there are some signs of progress. The government of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first female head of state in Africa, has declared eradicating gender-based violence a priority.