A member of Communication Team of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Elikem Kotoko has said that the Education Minister, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh today lied to the nation that there was no where in the Teachers’ resource pack on the new education Curriculum that Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) was mentioned.
According to Mr. Kotoko in a Facebook post sighted by Awake News, the Minister’s claim has angered teachers all over the country who took to social media to expose the Minister by sharing the portions of their resource pack that contains the topic under discussion.
“The Education Minister Mathew Opoku Prempeh, aka NAPO told yet another lie to the public today. According to him, nowhere in the Teachers’ resource pack was there mention of CSE, teachers all over the country have fumed and taken to social media to expose the Sector Minister.”
He has revealed that “PAGE 11 of the document is clear mention of Comprehensive Sexuality Education.”
Mr. Kotoko like many other Ghanains has alleged that “The LGBT community must have given president Akufo-Addo so much money for this” while urging Ghanaians to continue to resist CSE.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Education Service (GES) has refuted suggestions that the CSE being pursued is aimed at promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights in the country.
The GES further added that certain additions to the CSE manual has not been approved by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) hence the materials that have been heavily circulated on social media are yet to be authorised to be taught in schools.
A press release by the Head of Public Relations at the Ghana Education Service (GES), Cassandra Twum Ampofo, on Monday, 30 September 2019, said: “Indeed, on the 29 of April 2019, the Ghana Education Service wrote to the Acting Executive of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment to request the insertion of the phrase ‘within the acceptable cultural values and norms of the Ghanaian society’ in the third objective of page 3 of the CSE guidelines in circulation. The insertion has not been made yet and, therefore, GES has not finally approved the CSE guidelines being discussed on various media platforms”.
The release explained that “the new standard-based curriculum being implemented has nothing to do with LGBT issues, masturbation or explicit display/labelling of intimate body parts” as being suggested by some anti-LGBT campaign groups, the clergy and a section of the public.