The Minority in Parliament has said the Akufo-Addo government’s plan to introduce Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) in public schools amounts to “cultural and moral terrorism.”
Minority leader Haruna Iddrisu, at a press conference Friday, said the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) will “resist” any move to introduce CSE which is believed to be a subtle conditioning of children to explore lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) lifestyles.
Government is under pressure to come clean on CSE plan after it emerged the Ghana Education Service (GES) has developed Guidelines on Comprehensive Sexuality Education.
The Service has said the document circulating in the media has not been approved while the Education Minister, Mathew Opoku Prempeh has also stressed the new curricula being taught in schools does not include CSE.
There are snapshots of teacher training manuals showing that CSE were part of materials used to train teachers on the new curriculum.
The 2019 budget statement also captures the government stating its commitment to introduce Comprehensive Sexuality Education in public schools.
Parents and religious organisations are incensed by attempts to introduce CSE in schools. The President of the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), Rev. Prof. Paul Frimpong-Manso, describing CSE as “Comprehensive Satanic Engagement.
Haruna Iddrisu said President Akufo-Addo is the “lead anchor” for the introduction of LGBT in Ghana and referenced his controversial comment in an interview with Al-Jazeera in November 2017 on the legalisation of homosexuality.
The President said that there isn’t sufficient activism on the legalisation of homosexuality in Ghana but if such advocacy proves strong, then it is “bound to happen”
Haruna Iddrisu said that comment showed the President subtly supports deviant sexual lifestyles. “The hypocrisy of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo…is now crystal clear.”
The Minority expressed shock at government’s denial and said there is credible evidence that government received $22million from Sweden for the implementation of CSE.
He claimed the government has promised international partners, Ghana will “do everything politically possible to overcome social resistance and operational constraints”