GES to start sex education in schools from Class 1

GES to start sex education in schools from Class 1

- GES would , from next term, introduce sex education into the curriculum of basic schools

- At age six, class one pupils would be introduced to values and societal norms and how to interact with the different sexes and groups.

- This according to the GES would help equip pupils to know and experience their sexuality

The Ghana Education Service (GES) would, from next term, introduce sex education into the curriculum of basic schools to help equip pupils to know and experience their sexuality.

At age six, class one pupils would be introduced to values and societal norms and how to interact with the different sexes and groups.

As the pupils graduate to the upper primary, they will be made to study different modules of sexuality that include relationship, friendship, dating and courtship.

This is part of the Guidelines for the Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) that is expected to integrate gender, human values, and sexual and reproductive health rights perspectives into sexuality education in Ghana.

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In an interview, the Executive Director of the National Population Council, Dr Leticia Adelaide Appiah, said that the focus of the CSE is to empower children to make the right choices when parents, religious leaders fail to play their roles.

“This will provide an opportunity for young people to develop and understand their values, attitudes, and insights about sexuality. It will also help young people develop relationships and interpersonal skills and take responsibility for sexual and reproductive health and well-being,” she said.

According to Dr Appiah, for sex education to be comprehensive, it should cover a broad range of issues relating to the physical, biological, emotional and social aspects of sexuality.

“The rationale is that at this stage of their development, what young people need in sexual and reproductive health and rights education are topics on the development of positive attitude, orientation and skills which they will need now and in the future,” she said.

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The man punched the face of the official who attempted to stop him from voting on behalf of a delegate. However, the timely intervention of the police at the scene helped to control the fight from escalating.

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