BY PHILIP ANTOH
THE GHANA National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) has appealed to Ghanaians to drop the uproar against and rejection of the much-talked-about Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) being introduced by the Ministry of Education in the new school curriculum.
The council says, “we accept the CSE because it is aimed at removing learning barriers in relation to sex education of the child in the country.”
Speaking on behalf of the council, the Executive Director of GNACOPS, Mr Enoch Kwasi Gyetuah, said the new CSE must be embraced by Ghanaians and encouraged teachers to teach it when approved so that it would enlighten the children.
He said the CSE was not a bad thing because every child was supposed to know whatever concerns their body so they can respond to them adequately, adding that “if you hide sex education from the child it causes serious damage to children’s development.”
“The old sex education being taught in various schools in the country is not enough to equip the children because they are being fed with half education. So, the new CSE which has a structured pedagogy that each class or stage requires what the child is supposed to know will enhance their understanding [for them] to know the consequences,” he stated.
He said “if Ghanaians want their children to behave like those in United States, France and other European countries, where children as young as four and five years can stand and demand their rights, why are we denying our children CSE?
“We live in a global village and therefore if we want our children to go global, then we must embrace the new curriculum,” he stated.
Mr Gyetuah said sex education was not a new thing in Ghana so it was high time we exposed the children to it to prevent early sex and teenage pregnancy and also coach them to know the dangers ahead.
He said before this new curriculum the Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana organised programmes on sex education in various schools across the country to educate children on their sexuality, sex abuse and channels to seek redress.
“As the good book puts it, for lack of knowledge my people perish and so if the children know their sexuality well, no one can take advantage of them,” Mr Gyetuah said.