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We need to rethink Ghana’s educational system – Gabby Otchere-Darko on sexuality education

Source The Ghana Report/Aba Asamoah

A member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and founding member of the Darkwa Institute, Gabby Otchere-Darko, is demanding for a rethink of Ghana’s educational system.

Commenting on the on-going debate on the introduction of Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) in Basic Schools by the Ghana Education Service come next academic year, the leading member of the NPP said, “the UN cannot impose something on us merely because they are funding it. Do we desire it as a people?”

“Education, generally, is not meant to go against the culture of a nation. It is meant to influence culture positively but not to fight it violently. On such matters the state ought to carry parents along, we need a national consensus on this,” Mr. Otchere-Darko posted on his Facebook page.

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If the Sex (or is it Sexuality) Education guidelines are unpopular, don’t fight it. Rethink. Education, generally, is not meant to go against the culture of a nation. It is meant to influence culture positively but not to fight it violently. On such matters the state ought to carry parents along. We need a national consensus on this. It is not for the UN to impose something on us merely because they are funding it. Do we desire it as a people?

At home, my wife and I answer questions about sex but so long as our children ask and we have taught them to feel free to ask (if not me then their mum!)

Currently, in the UK there is a controversy brewing. Children as young as six are being taught about touching or ‘stimulating’ their own genitals as part of classes that will become compulsory in hundreds of primary schools. Yes! This is how far the madness can go.

Some parents in Warwickshire County where it has been introduced, believe the lessons – part of a controversial new sex and relationships teaching programme called ‘All About Me’ – are ‘sexualizing’ their young children.

 

BACKGROUND

GES last week, announced the introduction of the Comprehensive Sexuality Education into the curriculum of basic schools come next academic year.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Education, children in Primary One will be introduced to values and societal norms, and how to interact with the different sexes and groups.

The directive has sparked a lot controversy, as some section of Ghanaians believe teaching primary one children about sex is a “clear LGBT agenda”.

According to law lecturer and fierce critic of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) movement, Moses Foh-Amoaning, the introduction of the Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) in Ghanaian public schools, is a clear LGBT agenda”.

“I feel a bit of pity for…the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service [Prof Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa] even the Ministry [of Education] and a lot of other Ghanaians who have been made a part of this clear LGBT agenda.”

 

 

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