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CSE Controversy- borne out of mischief and intellectual dishonesty-Dr. Prince Hamid Armah

The Executive Secretary of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, Dr. Prince Hamid Armah, has expressed concerns on the brewing controversy arising from some parts of the Comprehensive Sexuality Educatiion which forms part of the new curriculum to be thought in our schools beginning next year from pupils as young as 4-year-old. .

Officials say the subject content would be age-appropriate and empower pupils with values that would protect them from sexual harassment.

The comprehensive sexuality education guideline indicates that the programme would unable pupils acquire accurate and reliable information on sexual rights and reproductive health, develop skills for self development and decision making, sense of self confidence, assertiveness, ability to take responsibility, ask questions and seek help and empathy.

But the programme has come under intense criticism receiving bashing from a section of the public with many describing it as a deliberate attempt to introduce homosexuality to Ghana.

In a response to such calls of inappropriateness of the program, Dr. Hamid Armah says he is Certain, “the Catholic Bishops Council, the Christian Council and the Federation of Muslim Councils who are members of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) would never have approved a curriculum that undermines our cultural and societal values as Ghanaians. “

He therefore believes that ” Although many are genuinely concerned and justifiably so, a lot more are being mischievous and intellectual dishonest in an attempt to deliberately (or may be ignorantly) distort the hardwork of the distinguished Ghanaian men and women who designed the curriculum and called for calm encouraging all well meaning Ghanaiaans to visit the official website of the ministry for details if need be.

Read below details of his statement circulaing on Social media;

You deliberately go pick adult materials and throw them around as part of the KG-Primary curriculum….when you can just go online (www.nacca.gov.gh) pick the new curriculum to find out if they contain any such information, or even ask any of the 152,0000 teachers trained across the country whether they received any such trainings or materials to teach the kids. The teachers resource packs designed for teachers to teach the new curriculum, pending approval of textbooks do not contain CSE.

Certainly, the Catholic Bishops Council, the Christian Council and the Federation of Muslim Councils who are members of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) would never have approved a curriculum that undermines our cultural and societal values as Ghanaians.

As the head of the curriculum and assessment council of the Ministry Education, I say with authority that none of the materials being shared on the social media has been approved for use in schools, or does the curriculum for KG-Primary contains any such material ( one attached to this post). In plain language none of the 13 curriculum contains the CSE being deliberately imposed as part of the new standards-based curriculum.

In fact, there’s no single textbook or supplementary material approved for the new curriculum… authors are still submitting whilst our team of assessors are still assessing the materials received so far … any document not approved by NaCCA, by law, can never be used in any school in Ghana. The PPAG material being circulated has not passed our material assessment benchmark, if they are to find themselves in our schools. We, however, have no jurisdiction over community-based adult reproductive health education programmes which PPAG most focuses on.

Although many are genuinely concerned and justifiably so, a lot more are being mischievous and intellectual dishonest in an attempt to deliberately( or may be ignorantly) distort the hardwork of the distinguished Ghanaian men and women who designed the curriculum.

Let the genuine heart visit www.nacca.gov.gh to access and download the new curriculum.

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