General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God church Rev. Dr. Frimpong Manso has called for cessation of discussions on the controversial Comprehensive Sexuality Education. He says once the President has spoken on the subject, the hue and cry about the issue must be put on hold for now.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, over the weekend, debunked suggestions that his government is bent on introducing ‘alien’ practices into the Ghanaian society through the controversial Comprehensive Sexuality Education. The President was emphatic that no student in Ghana will be taught contents that are inappropriate in the Ghanaian context while he is Head of State.
Addressing the congregation at the St. Cyprian’s Anglican Church in Kumasi on Sunday, President Akufo-Addo clarified the government’s position insisting that his aim for introducing Free Senior High School is to widen access to and provide quality education but not to teach Ghanaian children concepts that are unacceptable in the country.
Speaking on Okay Fm’s Ade Akye Abia program, he explained that he was part of the clergy the President met and is convinced that the President will not entertain the inclusion of the CSE in the country’s education curriculum. “I believe that the President has heard the clarion call of the masses and I believe that the President will stick to his words and will not entertain the introduction of comprehensive sexual education.
The Assemblies of God Church Ghana still stands by its position that we will not entertain the introduction of the CSE in our schools in whatever form,” he added.
Sharp divisions have greeted the guidelines on Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) for schools, with the educational authorities parrying the criticisms, saying the new policy holds the key to effective sexuality education for the youth. Opposition to the policy hit a crescendo on Monday, September 30, with faith-based institutions and the National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights leading the charge against the reforms.
Some members of the public also took to social media to demand an immediate halt to the policy to save children from moral degeneration. But with the president having spoken publicly on the controversial CSE guidelines, it remains to be seen if the dust will finally settle on the matter.