Cabinet Rejects ‘Sexy Syllabus’
The Cabinet of President Akufo-Addo rejected the proposed guidelines on Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE).
The Minister of Education Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh who made the tacit disclosure at the National Teachers Awards Ceremony in Kumasi over the weekend said the country had no plans of implementing any policy that frowns on the culture and values of Ghanaians.
“It is true that there are documents to show that under the watch of ex-President John Mahama comprehensive sexual education was made part of the revised curriculum that was started in 2015. It is a fact that there are manuals for teaching comprehensive sexual education started in 2015.”
“In this country, there’s a policy approval process that resides in his Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana. It is a fact that when we came up with the guidelines of the new comprehensive sexual education which has been in our classrooms for a very long time, His Excellency’s Cabinet did not agree with the comprehensive sexual education. We in the Ministry directed to make sure that according to Article 39 of the Constitution this sits within the cultural norms of the country. As we speak we haven’t approved any guidelines for comprehensive sexual education in Ghana our Motherland,” Dr. Opoku Prempeh added.
The policy has been met with massive public uproar, and calls for its withdrawal as there are fears that its introduction could indoctrinate children to accept homosexuality and other awkward sexual behaviours.
While government says the policy had been suspended, the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) and other critics insist suspension alone is not enough.
According to the GPCC, Parliament as the representatives of the people should commence the relevant Parliamentary processes to review aspects of the 2019 budget statement that committed state resources to fund the controversial CSE by ensuring that it is withdrawn and that no funds are expended on this policy.
“While commending government on its latest decision to suspend the implementation of the CSE policy next academic year, we as a Council is however not persuaded by a mere suspension as evidence abound of existing government commitments to some international obligations on CSE, some of which have even been captured in the 2019 Budget Statement as presented to Parliament by the Minister of Finance.
“We reject absolutely the inclusion of Comprehensive Sexuality Education in any form and in any name in our school curriculum now and in the future as we see the policy as a long term subtle agenda to target our young population with a liberal mindset to accepting and tolerating LGBTQ as a normal societal behaviour in the very near future.”
Another anti-gay activist, Lawyer Foh-Amoaning, also hinted that the policy was an agenda hatched between government and some western countries.
“We are aware PPAG is producing 400-page manual to these guidelines. So I’m not surprised that the US Ambassador has said that the Ghana Government should stop the hypocrisy because there is an agreement to the agenda long ago.”
Mr Foh-Amoaning, who is also the Executive Secretary and the Spokesperson for the National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values, maintained that there is a national movement against the LGBT agenda being manifested in the controversial CSE programme, however they’re ready to drag government agencies allowing the ‘satanic orientation’ to fester in the country.
“We are sending a note of caution; very soon our Lawyers will write to them and I know if we talk to the MoH, Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and MoE they will stop it because that is not government policy. We hope they’ll do it, if they don’t do it we will meet them in court. We’ll make sure that there is a firm decision by the High court and supreme court on this issue. We are carrying the battle to them.”