Gays In Schools Is Propaganda – Akufo-Addo Jabs Critic …
PRESIDENT NANA Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has stated categorically that there is not going to be any teachings on how to become a homosexual or lesbian in basic schools as being propagated.
He said he is a staunch Christian and a well cultured person and would never allow any alien culture that seeks to promote gay or lesbianism and other social vices into the country under his tenure.
“I want to say with all the emphasis at my command that whilst I am President there would not be thought or offered for discussions in our schools, in our primary schools anything negative that comes under the term Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE),” the President said yesterday.
The President broke his silence on the heated CSE debate after attending a church service at St. Cyprian Anglican in Kumasi yesterday when he met some religious heads.
He said “none of our children who are now in kindergarten and primary school are being thought any of the things that are being alleged as we speak now and you are in a position to verify that for yourselves whether indeed the new curriculum that is being applied incorporates this negative deleterious matter that has incensed all of us.”
He said none of the about 152,000 teachers who were on the guidelines were asked to go to the classrooms and teach the children “this offensive sexuality education. None of them!”
He said “it is as clear a statement and is clear a categorical statement as I can make and I am making it to reassure all those that are genuinely concerned. Some are genuinely concerned otherwise are stoking up this matter for their own base political purposes but I am talking about those who are genuinely concerned that these subjects would not be introduced in our schools curriculum.”
“There are contemporary matters that have been described as contemporary issues that are the subject of further work that is being done by the Curriculum Board as well as the GES,” the President said.
He mentioned Gender Equity, Inclusive Education, Sanitation, Climate Change, Road Safety, CSE, Green Education, Green Economy, Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation as ‘cluster of ideas’ that are being worked on globally to be able to come into the curriculum.
Power of Cabinet
“But for anything to be educational policy in our country, this is not the creation of my time. It has been so ever since there was a state of Ghana.”
The President said that any policy for the country has to be approved by cabinet first before its implementation, saying “I want to assure you that as long as I am in the chair in cabinet nothing deleterious is going to pass through.”
“Educational policy is made by government so all of these matters that are being defined and delineated would have to come back to government and the main instrument of government is the cabinet and it would have to come to cabinet for approval before it becomes policy that is implemented in our educational system.”
President Akufo-Addo also talked about the fact that the Teachers Guide on Sex Education that has been developed does not contain “anything near the graphic pictures and illustrations being displayed on social media as to what is being introduced in basic schools.”
He urged Ghanaians to spend their collective energies on the myriads of problems in Ghana and not allow mischief to destroy the country.
He said he has no difficulty in acknowledging any mistakes his government would make but said however that “on this subject of CSE, I am able to say the government is not about to introduce any such negative information for our children.”
He said “I didn’t bring the Free SHS to provide a vehicle for polluting our children and exposing them to negative moral spiritual and social attitudes. That was not the purpose.”
During his brief speech at the St. Cyprian Anglican Church, the President said he is well vexed in the culture and traditions of the country and so far as he remained President and the commander of the Ghana Armed Forces, he would never allow any unacceptable culture to sneak into the country, especially in schools.
Calls for Prayers
The President, who was beaming with smiles, called on Christians and all other faiths to continually pray fervently for him so that he would be able to implement all his policies and programmes to take the country to the next desired level.
“Please pray to God to grant me sound health, wisdom, courage, strength and a good heart so that I will be able to work assiduously to turn the fortunes of this country around so as to expedite the transformational process of this country,” he said.
Preaching the sermon, the Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Ghana, Rt. Rev. Prof. Daniel Yinkah Sarfo, warned Ghanaians against corruption and other practices that could potentially impede the country’s growth, saying “we have to support the President to deliver”. “We have only one Ghana and we need to build it together,” he added.
The Dean of the Cathedral, Very Rev. Oscar Amoah, presented a special book to the President at the tail end of the service. Fervent prayers were also said for the President and the country.
The occasion was the ‘St. Cyprian’s Week’ and it attracted a sizeable number of people to the church including the Ashanti Regional Minister Simon Osei-Mensah, NPP Regional Chairman Bernard Antwi Boasiako aka ‘Wontumi’, KMA Boss Osei Assibey-Antwi, ex-MP Henry Kwabena Kokofu and Subin MP Eugene Boakye Antwi.