Wednesday, 20 October

Akufo-Addo's "lame" assurance on "satanic" CSE "insincere" – NDC

General News
Asiedu Nketia

The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has accused President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of insincerity regarding his comments on the suspended Compressive Sexuality Education (CSE) programme in Ghana.

Addressing fears that basic school pupils are now going to be taught LGBTQI stuff under the CSE, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said that as long as he remains President, no Ghana child would be taught that subject in school since it is an affront to the culture and the religious beliefs of Ghanaians.

However, the NDC in a statement signed by Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia, said the President’s comments are belated and insincere.

“The National Democratic Congress has noted the belated and insincere assurances of President Akufo-Addo to the leadership of the religious community to the effect that Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) would not be introduced in the school curriculum under his watch.

“We note that the President elected to speak only after the horses had bolted from the stable door and in the face of an avalanche of condemnation which he could no longer ignore.

“The NDC finds it extremely difficult to reconcile the President's belatedly lame assurances with the well-established and concrete facts known to many. Ghanaians are well aware that CSE has already found expression in the new Standard Based Curriculum and the Teacher Resource Packs for Basic Schools. This is an incontrovertible fact which teachers and their Union leaders have confirmed firmly and publicly.

“Ghanaians are now privy to a raft of official documentation which include the 2019 Budget Statement approved by Parliament last year, invitation letters and reports of workshops that have earlier been convened to train teachers on CSE implementation.

“Also, contrary to the claims of President Akufo-Addo, it is clear from objectives of the approved CSE guidelines that at the core of this satanic programme is a subtle attempt by the government to inculcate in our children acceptance and tolerance for LGBT which affronts our laws and socio-cultural values as a people.

“The Akufo-Addo government has not denied its commitment to her international partners who have so far provided what government describes as generous funding for the elaborate roll out of CSE in Ghana, both within the school system and in communities targeting out of school settings.”