Disagreement over the implementation of the new Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) in basic schools across the country by the Ghana Education Service has deepened as civil society organizations, teacher and religious based groups kick against the new CSE curricula.
The CSE programme, which was launched this year by the government and the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on the theme, “Our right, Our lives, Our Future (O³), is aimed at empowering adolescent and young people to attain a elaborate sexuality education.
In that regard, the Ghana Education Service will from next year be introducing the CSE into the curriculum of basic schools, with aim of equipping pupils with knowledge on sexuality.
According to the guidelines for the CSE, Primary One pupils are expected to be introduced to values and societal norms and how to interact with the different sexes and groups. As the pupils graduate to the upper primary, they will then be made to study different modules of sexuality that include relationship, friendship, dating and courtship.
The guideline module for 11-year-olds in Primary Six includes fertility, pregnancy-related issues, childbirth and respecting gender differences.
But the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) made up of 200 church denominations, has described the GES move as satanic.
Expressing the group’s outright disgust for the new programme , the President of GPCC, Rev Prof Paul Yaw Frimpong-Manso said nothing good will come out of the programme and that the CSE programme is a clandestine attempt by some secular Western countries to discourage the worship of God and destroy Ghana’s traditional moral values.
While the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) says they are not going to accept the new curricula, the Executive Secretary of the National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Values, Lawyer Moses Foh-Amoaning says the new CSE support the pro-LGBT agenda.
He claims some texts and modules in the curriculum that will guide the CSE programme in Ghana resonate with LGBT activism.
By ADR Daily Newsdesk