The Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) has commended the government for suspending the implementation of the controversial Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) programme in basic schools.
At a press conference addressed by its President, Rev. Prof. Paul Frimpong-Manso, last Thursday in Accra, he said, “We have observed with great satisfaction the overwhelming rejection by many Ghanaians, this unfortunate and dangerous policy proposals that have the potential to threaten and erode our long-held traditional family value system that has served us well and continue to do”.
“We have also followed with keen interest government’s latest response through the Minister of Education, including the promise not to implement the controversial policy, in spite of its earlier denial of the existence of such a policy”.
While commending government on its latest decision to suspend the implementation , the Council said it was not persuaded by a mere suspension as evidence abound of existing government commitments to some international obligations on CSE, some of which were captured in the 2019 Budget Statement presented to Parliament by the Minister of Finance.
“It is gratifying to note that we (Ghanaians) are not alone in opposition to this unpopular global move by some western countries hiding behind some United Nations Agencies and international NGOs to gradually introduce liberal education targeting children in vulnerable countries, including Ghana. Recently, churches and parents in Canada and other western countries have forced their governments to back down on the implementation of CSE.”
Withdrawal of CSE
The President said GPCC wants the programme withdrawn entirely from the Ghana Education Service (GES) curriculum for basic schools.
There is also an intense pressure on the Ministry of Education and the GES to withdraw the programme which critics consider a subtle attempt to sexualise children and indoctrinate them into embracing homosexuality as a normal way of life.
The calls have deepened after the GES and the Ministry of Education gave contradictory explanations on the existence or otherwise of the policy in the curriculum.
Rev. Prof. Frimpong-Manso labelled the subject as diabolic, which will have negative consequences on children.
“We are here to address and state our official position on the raging debate and controversy of the Comprehensive Sexuality Education which I have termed Comprehensive Satanic Engagement because of the impact it can have on our children which the government through the Ministry of education intends or intended to introduce into the Basic Schools curriculum come the next academic year,” he said.
The press conference also called on government to be transparent with the people of Ghana by publicly committing to completely withdrawing this policy instead of a mere assurance of suspension of its implementation.
The move GPCC believes will engender trust between government and key stakeholders of our educational system which mutual trust is currently missing and must be pursued now.
Although the Minister of Education Matthew Opoku Prempeh earlier denied all allegations concerning the introduction of CSE into the current curriculum, checks indicate that CSE has already been included in the curriculum.
SOURCE: GPCC NEWS