Sex education: Islam does not accept educating minors on sexuality– Chief Imam

Sex education: Islam does not accept educating minors on sexuality– Chief Imam

- The National Chief Imam Sheikh Dr. Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu has described the controversial Comprehensive Sexuality Education curriculum as ridiculous

- The Chief Imam said the Islamic teachings do not allow children below the age of 10 to be exposed to sex education

-He however urged the Ghana Education Service to embark on broad consultation on the matter before any attempt at implementing it

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The National Chief Imam, Sheikh Dr. Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu, has described the controversial Comprehensive Sexuality Education curriculum as ridiculous.

According to the Chief Imam, Islamic teachings do not allow children below the age of 10 to be exposed to sex education or anything sexuality related.

In a statement signed by the Alhaji Khuzaima Osman, Personal Assistant to the National Chief Imam, the Chief Imam stated reasons why the programme should not be included in the curriculum of basic school children.

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The statement also urged the Ghana Education Service to embark on broad consultation on the matter before any attempt at implementation.

Below are details of the statement:

THE CSE AT PRE-SCHOOL LEVEL

The Office of the National Chief Imam (ONCI) wishes to add its voice to the ongoing debate on the agenda of Ghana Education Service (GES) to introduce what it calls Comprehensive Sexual Education (CSE) at the KG, targeting 5-year old pupils.

The ONCI is joined in this endeavor by the Tijjaniya Muslims of Ghana, the Islamic Peace and Security Council of Ghana (IPASEC), the Islamic Council for Development and Humanitarian Services (ICODEHS), the Islamic Research Association of Ghana and the Association of the 16 Regional Chiefs Imams.

We would like to state unequivocally that the Islamic Community does not accept any form of educating minors and pupils on sexuality. In our estimation, such a move is an attempt to hide behind educational reforms to brainwash the pupils with LGBT agenda.

Ideally, Islamic jurisprudence recommends that sexual education be introduced to children above the age of 10. This is the time the children are expected to begin to understand the socio-moral consequences of the choice of sex orientation.

We, therefore, urge the sector Ministry and GES to consider a broad consultation with relevant stakeholders on the implementation of the controversial policy.

We appeal to the Ministry and GES to drop that satanic agenda in the interest of national cohesion and moral promotion.

The ONCI and its partners mentioned above take this opportunity to reiterate their commitment to discipline and morality among the youth and in the learning industry.

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In other news, president of policy think tank, IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe, has supported calls for the introduction of the Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) by the Ghana Education Service.

Despite the fact the subject at hand has received a lot of backlash from Ghanaians, Cudjoe thinks that is the right approach for kids to know more about their sexuality.

In a twitter post sighted by YEN.com.gh, Franklin Cudjoe stated that he sees no wrong with the introduction of CSE in the new curricula because kids of this generation are exposed to a lot of things and are abreast with a lot of information, so would be appropriate if they are taught what they already know

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