Mahama, Prof. Naana Opoku Agyemang introduced CSE in Ghana in 2015

Education Minister, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh

The Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) which has gained currency the past few weeks was introduced in the Ghanaian education curriculum in 2015 by the Mahama-led administration, Education Minister Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh, has said in Kumasi.

The  Minister  said  while  interacting with media men in Kumasi last Friday that ex-President John Mahama and top Ghanaian educationists including Prof Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang had brought  the  Comprehensive Sexuality education  to  Ghana by  publishing  a book – ADOLESCENT  SEXUAL REPODUCTIVE HEALTH  AND DEVELOPMENT as a Source Book for Teachers.

It was designed to provide teachers accurate information on adolescent Reproduction Health (ASRH).

The book prefaced by Mr. Jacob A. M. Kor, then Director General of the Ghana Education Service, touted the need for comprehensive education on sexuality and sexual behaviour and detailed lesbianism, gayism and fondling in some parts.

The book is said to be part of efforts  by the GES  to prepare  adolescents aged between 10 and 19 to become healthy and responsible adults as a result of which  the  National Population  Policy (1994), the  adolescent  Reproduction Health  Policy (2000)  were revised along the MOE Strategic  Plan  (2010-2030), a revised  curriculum with integrated  sexuality education  to roll out from KG  to SHS in all schools across the country.

“If  it (CSE)  is a  Comprehensive “Satanic”  education, it was  Mr. Mahama and  Jane  Naana  Opoku Agyemang  who brought  the Satan  to Ghana”, Dr. Opoku Prempeh who is also the Member of Parliament for Manhyia South  said  to buttress his point  and pointed at a booklet “A handout for Comprehensive Sexuality Education for Teacher Participant as well.

Dr. Opoku Prempeh said the government has not approved the Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) document for use by teachers in basic schools.

He emphasized  that the curriculum framework for KG-P6 that has been approved by Cabinet from the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment [NaCCA] for use in the development of school curricula and published on NaCCA website does not include anything on Comprehensive Sexuality Education.

The Minister explained that the National Council for Curriculum Assessment has also not submitted to the Ministry any document relating to the CSE which has invoked strong public sentiments and that t the subject is not a component of the curriculum for the year which is already in motion.

Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh maintained that the training for teachers for the rollout of the curriculum this year did not include issues relating to CSE.

When asked about the CSE guideline document making rounds and purported to be coming from the Ghana Education Service (GES), the Minister says as far as he is concerned, there is no document emanating from his Ministry and none, so far as he is concerned, has been approved for use anywhere.

The Education Minister referred to a correspondence between the  GES and the  National  Council for  Curriculum and Assessment in April 2019  stating the position of GES  which said  that “ in order for the guidelines to be accepted for use in GES, the phrase ‘ within acceptable  cultural values  and norms in the Ghanaian  society’  should be added to the third  objective  on page 3”.

By this, the GES was ensuring that education given to schools children will enable them make informed decisions without any negative influence.

The Minister accused Mr. Mahama, under whose tenure the Curriculum was revised to deal with contemporary issues which included CSE, of masterminding the attack on the Ministry of Education unduly.

According to him, former president Mahama was the most resourced for leadership and yet turned out to be the most failed leader in the country.

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