Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh (Napo), Ghana’s Minister of Education, has refuted claims that Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) has been introduced into the curricula of basic schools.
Christian and Islamic clerics, as well as civil society organisations and Ghanaians on social media, expressed outrage about initial reports of the inclusion of CSE into the curricula describing it as “satanic” and a pro-LGBT agenda.
But , Dr Prempeh said in a press statement on Tuesday, 1 October 2019 that: “The curriculum framework (KG-P6) approved by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) for use in the development of school curriculum, which has been approved by Cabinet and published does not include CSE”.
The Minister of Education further noted that: “The curriculum for KG-P6 approved by Cabinet for use in schools and published does not include CSE”.
“NaCCA has not approved any material on CSE as it is not included in the approved and published KG-P6 curriculum framework”.
The minister also said: “The 152, 000 teachers trained for the new curriculum were not trained to teach CSE”.
Additionally, he noted that: “Teacher resource packs developed for teachers to enable them to teach the new school curriculum (KG-P6) do not include CSE”.
He subsequently assured the public that “the government and the ministry will not compromise our societal values in the delivery of quality education”.