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DEBATES OVER THE INTRODUCTION OF A COMPREHENSIVE SEXUALITY EDUCATION

A week ago, the Ministry Of Education introduced guidelines for a comprehensive sexuality education in public schools. This is an age-specific sexual health policy that seeks to equip young people with knowledge and skills to make mature, better and informed decisions on issues relating to their sexual reproductive health. 

Based on this policy, children in junior high school between the ages of twelve (12) and fourteen years (14) years will be taught topics on alcohol and  drug abuse while those between the ages of ten (10) and fourteen (14) years will be educated on dating, sexual reproductive organs, friendships and courtship.

Comprehensive Sexual Education (CSE) is a rights-based and gender-focused approach to sexuality education whether in or out of school. It is designed to provide age-appropriate, culturally sensitive and scientifically proved information consistent with the evolving capacities of young people.

The introduction of this policy has been met with heated debates on the benefits of this policy to school children. Since the policy was introduced, people have expressed varied opinions on the importance of such a curriculum to school children who perhaps are too young to grasp such concepts.

Some section of society, perceive the policy as an LGBTQ agenda perpetuated by the LGBTQ community to change public views and opinions on issues relating to gay and lesbian relationships in Ghana. They cited a portion of the curriculum which talks about the permanent  removal of sexual organs for people who want to undergo such procedures as an indication of such an agenda

 Others also claim introducing such a curriculum is a bad idea and should not be encouraged. They believe the curriculum is too advanced for children who fall within such age bracket. Furthermore, they argue that the curriculum could damage the moral conscience of these children and will not do them any good at all.

There are also, those who suggest that this policy could be the answer to a lot of sexual related problems that we are battling with as a nation. They explained that teaching a child about sexuality could help the child make better and informed decisions on sexual reproductive health-related issues as an adult. Your views are important to us, let us know what you think in the comment section

September 30, 2019

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