Contrary to the government’s frantic denial that the controversial Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) is not a policy it is seriously considering, Whatsup News can confidently report that the policy has already been integrated into schools, and it is clearly stated in the 2019 budget clearly exposes the Akufo Addo administration.
On page 86 of the 2019 budget presented by Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta he stated: “ Mr. Speaker, the National Population Council (NPC) in collaboration with other stakeholders developed guidelines on Comprehensive Sexual Education (CSE) for incorporation into the national education curriculum.”
Also on the acronym page of the budget, CSE was boldly defined as Comprehensive Sexual Education.
Contrary to the government’s curious denial that CSE was not yet incorporated into the new school curriculum as approved by the National Council on Curriculum Assessment (NCCA) on page 46 is a curiously sounding content for 9 to 10-year-olds in Primary Six. It clearly instructs teachers to teach the students to respect the sexual rights of others.
“Learners in groups discuss how to manage the challenges that come with changes during adolescence. e.g. respecting the sexual rights of others,” the NCCA curriculum stated in a phrase that curiously syncs with the warnings issued by experts who say the CSE is a carefully masked LGBT agenda.
This peels off one more layer of conspiracy by the Akufo Addo administration, the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service (GES) to mislead the Ghanaian public that the controversial explicit sexual content in a designed curriculum by the notorious International Planned Parenthood Federation ( IPPF) and some international organisations.
On September 30, 2019, when public anger hit a crescendo on the CSE flagged by experts as a cleverly masked Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) agenda, the GES issued a quick statement saying that CSE has not been incorporated yet into the school curriculum because the curriculum guidelines have not added an important phrase “within the acceptable cultural values and norms of the Ghanaian society.”
On Tuesday, October 1, 2019, in a press conference that has raised more questions than answers, the Minister of Education, Matthew Opoku Prempeh flatly denied any hint of CSE in the Ghanaian school curriculum, saying over 150,000 teachers recently trained for the new curriculum were not instructed on the CSE.
His denial comes despite a totally contradictory statement he had made in February 2019 during a forum with the UNESCO, the IPPF, the Swedish and Irish lobby groups pushing for CSE, that a CSE guideline has already been completed for Ghanaian school curriculum that spans pre-school (4-6-year-olds) to secondary school.
On Tuesday, October 2, 2019, Whatsup News exclusively reported how one of the main stakeholders of the CSE: the Youth Harvest Foundation (YHF), confirmed that CSE was already incorporated in school curriculums since June 2018.
Their leaflet in the possession of Whatsup News stated conclusively that the GES’ School Health Education Programme (SHEP) had given the Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG) the greenlight to start using the sexually explicit “Know it, Own it, Live it,” manual to train teachers and to teach some selected “Pilot” schools.
“PPAG on the other hand has already taken a step forward to implement the national guidelines in schools, using their evidence-informed programme titled “Know it, Own it, Live it,” stated the leaflet.
The information pack also went ahead to state that the Minister of Education Mathew Opoku Prempeh had assured them early 2018 that the CSE recommendations would be considered as part of the curriculum review process for Ghanaian basic schools and asked for it to be printed in portable booklet forms for easy access to students.
“The Minister of Education has also directed the harmonisation of the two CSE manuals, the Know it, Own it, Live it and the ARH source book into smaller Teaching and Learning Materials and Readers to aid their easy use by both facilitators and students,” the YHF said in a revealing submission.