The Ghana Education Service (GES) has stated it is yet to finally approve the Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) guidelines for schools.
This comes on the back of discussions on various media platforms with regard to the inclusion of the CSE into the new curriculum, which many believe will expose pupils to homosexuality.
While some Ghanaians both on social and traditional media platforms believe the introduction of the CSE will expose children to homosexuality, which they say is against the country’s cultural norms, others are of the view that the education is good for growing kids.
In a press statement, the GES stated there is no way they will compromise the cultural values of the country and that they have written to 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”.
According to the GES, this insertion is yet to be made, and as a result, the GES has not approved the CSE as purported in sections of the media.
.”The insertion has not been made yet and therefore GES has not finally approved the CSE guidelines being discussed on various media platforms.
“The GES is a state agency and will not under any circumstance implement any programme which goes contrary to the legal, cultural norms, values and beliefs of the Ghanaian people,” GES explained.
The Ghana Education Service further reiterated the fact that the new curriculum has nothing to do with LGBT issues as reported.
According to them, the CSE is aimed at providing pupils with culturally appropriate information which will nurture positive values towards sexual and reproductive health.