The Ministry of Education has debunked claims that it has received $22million from the Swedish government the introduction of the controversial Comprehensive Sexuality Education programme in Ghanaian schools.
The Member of Parliament for North Tongu and former Deputy Minister of Education, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has asserted that the Swedish government doled out $22 million to Ghana and other African countries to help them curb social opposition that may arise as a result of the introduction of the programme.
“This is going to be a tough maneuver for the Education Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh and more generally the Akufo-Addo government as long as they refuse to be candid and transparent over the CSE saga.
“On one hand they need to calm down outraged Ghanaians who are running out of patience with the many official contradictions and untruths; on the other hand they need to convince the Swedish Government which has already committed $22million to Ghana and the other 5 CSE Program Acceleration Countries that Ghana will justify the use of their taxpayer dollars especially when one of the key deliverables upon which our Government received the first tranche of money is a promise to “overcome social resistance and operational constraints.”
Also, what will our Government be telling UNFPA in the face of current denials after agreeing with them to provide CSE technical support to the GES? Then, what happens to the contract signed with the special CSE Project Implementation Officer operating from the UNESCO Ghana office?, ” Ablakwa wrote on Facebook.
But the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Education, Ekow Vincent Assafuah in an interview on Okay FM as monitored by Kasapafmonline.com dismissed the claims and urged the public to treat it with the contempt that it deserves.
“I can tell you on authority that we[Ministry of Education and Ghana Education Service] have not taken any money from anybody. We cannot have an instance where people will give us $22million as he’s saying to go and introduce LGBT in our curriculum. Can Okudzeto produce any evidence to us that Cabinet has approved a supposed comprehensive sexuality education that is supposed to be a policy? Here in Ghana, it’s only the President who can give a policy directive that will be a working document.”
This comes after former President John Mahama and many religious leaders in the country condemn the Comprehensive Sexual Education programme and called for it to be withdrawn.
“As noted by the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Most Rev. Philip Naameh of the Catholic Bishops Conference, Rev. Dr. Paul Frimpong-Manso and National Chief Imam Sheikh Nuhu Sharubutu, this addition to the national curriculum cannot be acceptable in any form. Government must immediately withdraw its policy to promote sexuality, sexuality types and practice among young children as the CSE Guidelines implicitly advocates,” Mahama wrote on Facebook.