The 2020 Presidential candidate of the NDC, John Mahama has joined calls rebuking the government for a planned introduction of Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE).
In a post on Facebook, the former President asked the government to “immediately withdraw” the unpopular move.
“This addition to the national curriculum cannot be acceptable in any form,” Mahama wrote; adding that “the CSE Guidelines implicitly advocates” and promotes sexuality types among young children.
Various pressure groups and the clergy have criticised the policy, describing it as “satanic.”
Critics are worried the document advocates LGBTQ which is alien to Ghanaian culture.
Adding his voice, Mr. Mahama said: “it is important for Government and all Ghanaians to respect and uphold the enduring values, norms and the rich culture of Ghana.”
He added that “what Ghana urgently needs is a substantial improvement in quality education, which is accessible and affordable to all.”
Following the backlash, however, the educational authorities have been forced into speaking to the issue.
In a release, the Ghana Education Service (GES) said the curriculum has nothing to with LGBTQ issues.
Speaking at a media briefing Tuesday, Education Minister, Mathew Opoku Prempeh the government has not approved the Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) document for use by teachers in basic schools.
“The Ministry would like to state categorically 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 the NaCCA website does not include anything on Comprehensive Sexuality Education,” Dr. Opoku Prempeh said.