Matthew-Opoku-Prempeh, Education Minister
Matthew-Opoku-Prempeh, Education Minister

The Government has stated that the approved curriculum framework for basic schools does not include Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE).

Addressing the media in Accra today, the Education Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, made it clear that, “no teacher was trained on Comprehensive Sexuality Education.”

This stems from the backlash that a majority of the citizenry have meted out to the government, accusing them of trying to introduce kids to LGBT through the CSE program.

Social media has been rife with complaints from concerned parents as well as justification from others on the possible benefits CSE could bring.

“The curriculum framework from KG to P6 that has been approved by Cabinet from the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment for use in the development of school curriculum and published on NACA website does not include anything on Comprehensive Sexuality Education.”

“The curriculum that has been developed out of the framework for use by the Ghana Education Service in all public schools and approved by cabinet and as published does not include comprehensive sexuality education. NACA has not approved any material on Comprehensive Sexuality Education as it is not included in the published curriculum framework,” the Minister insisted.

The government and United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched the CSE program in February but these concerns have been raised about pupils being given awareness of sexuality and LGBTQ issues at this early stage.

Groups like the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference have criticized the lack of consultation from the government on the matter.

The conference said it will reject the program if it is indeed realized as an attempt to introduce children to LGBT issues as is being touted.

The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) President, Angel Carbonu, said that more engagement from the government was needed to address the legitimate concerns raised by parents and guardians.

“Whether the parents, the reverend ministers or the teachers are wrong or not, there is the need for the managers of education to do whatever it takes to give us certainty, to give the people surety and also concrete evidence that we don’t want to go the way others have gone.”

Member states of the United Nations are mandated to roll out CSE in accordance with their own cultural norms and values.