Kebbeh, a mathematics teacher of Lamenkoto Badala
Lower Basic School in the Central
River Region has admitted having carnal knowledge of a grade nine student but
strongly denies responsibility for the pregnancy of the 20-year-old girl.
Officers of the Jangjanbureh Police Station questioned the teacher last month in connection with the matter as investigation continues, a source told The Point.
Mr. Kebbeh, who also spoke to our reporter in an interview accepted having canal knowledge of the student but said he didn’t impregnate her. “It’s true that I have violated the education policy by dating my own student and having canal knowledge of her. But the truth is that I didn’t impregnate her.”
“I was told to write as to how I met the girl by my authorities in the region, which I did. I have written against the allegation. I denied the pregnancy based on reasons among which included a medical report that was given to her.” According to Mr. Kebbeh, the medical report does not match with the facts on the ground.
He said the medical report indicated that the girl is about seven months pregnant. “I can tell you that I have forgotten about the girl since. The last time I met her was in October 2018.
According to the student, who spoke to our reporter on the condition of anonymity, she dated the teacher for almost eight months.
“When I realised that I got pregnant, I informed Mr. Kebbeh about it on Friday 25 February 2019. He asked me to visit the Jangjanbureh Hospital to prove the pregnancy,” she said.
The student claimed that after returning from the hospital, he showed the medical paper to the teacher. “Surprisingly, Mr. Kebbeh asked me to look for a person who can terminate the pregnancy and that he was going to pay the service. I clearly told him that I am not going do that. He said he would deny the pregnancy if I refused to do the abortion.”
She added that she threatened to take the teacher to the Jangjanbureh Police Station if he refused to accept the pregnancy. “He told me that he was a teacher and that they were not going to jail him. Since then, whenever I called him, he would not pick my calls,” she told our reporter, adding that due to the pregnancy she is not going to school.
When the matter was brought to my attention, I decided to invite the student and the teacher in question for discussion, said Mr. Camara, the school’s principal. “Later I decided to forward the matter to the regional education directorate. The student in question is no more coming to school. She only sat to her pre-final exams.
Meanwhile, the regional education director for Region Five, Paul Mendy, was also contacted for comments. He promised to get back to The Point as he was in a meeting at the time.