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CSE unacceptable; Withdraw now – Mahama

Former President John Dramani Mahama has added his voice to the chorus of condemnation against the controversial Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) calling for a withdrawal of the programme.

The CSE, according to the former leader cannot be acceptable in any form.

“We reject it and note that it is important for Government and all Ghanaians to respect and uphold the enduring values, norms and the rich culture of Ghana,” he said in a Facebook post hours ago.

For him, “What Ghana urgently needs is a substantial improvement in quality education, which is accessible and affordable to all.”

His comment comes after the massive public uproar against the sex education programme allegedly included in the basic school curriculum with some Ghanaians calling on the education ministry to withdraw it.

The National Chief Imam Sheikh Dr. Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu has described the Comprehensive Sexuality Education curriculum as a ‘Satanic agenda’.

According to the Islamic Cleric, Islamic jurisprudence do not countenance the exposure of children below age 10 to sex education.

“We would like to state unequivocally that the Islamic Community does not accept any form of educating minors and pupils on sexuality. In our estimation, such a move is an attempt to hide behind educational reforms to brainwash the pupils with LGBT agenda.
Ideally, Islamic jurisprudence recommends that sexual education be introduced to children above the age of 10. This is the time the children are expected to begin to understand the socio-moral consequences of the choice of sex orientation.

“We, therefore, urge the sector Ministry and GES to consider a broad consultation with relevant stakeholders on the implementation of the controversial policy.

“We appeal to the Ministry and GES to drop that satanic agenda in the interest of national cohesion and moral promotion,” a statement by the Chief Imam read in part.

Meanwhile, government has denied knowledge of the controversial Comprehensive Sexuality Education curriculum which has triggered public outrage in the country.

The Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh told a press conference on Tuesday that the basic school curriculum framework published by the National Council on Curriculum Assessment(NaCCA) has not approved any material on CSE.

He again noted that no teacher has been trained to implement the CSE programme.

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