Member of Parliament for Adansi Asokwa in the Ashanti Region, Kobina Tahir Hammond says the Education Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, is too ‘sane’ to push an agenda for the integration of the controversial Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE), ABC News can report.
There has been an outright rejection by a high percentage of the Ghanaian public following reports of an attempt to introduce comprehensive sexuality education into the Ghanaian basic education curricula.
The news saw faith-based organizations, parents and even teachers kick against the CSE which some allege to be a subtle attempt to introduce children to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) agenda.
Although the Education Minister has publicly denied that the CSE is part of the curriculum for Basic Schools Education in Ghana, many remain apprehensive over the possibility of the fears coming into fruition.
It is on the back of this that Mr. K. T. Hammond says the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government is too mentally sound to introduce such an agenda which, according to him goes against the norms and culture of Ghanaians.
“My nephew Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh is sane. As I am here, I can vouch that he is sane. If this thing you people are saying is true, I will never mention his name on this earth again. When I heard it I wanted to call him on the phone but I knew he is a sane person so I didn’t need to call for such nonsense. I am saying that when I get to Accra and I hear it is NAPO who has brought this thing I will never mention his name ever. Whatever way we will deal with him, we will.
“NPP Government, our mind is sane, together with our President. You are over learning things, even in the foreign countries who teach these things, they don’t even teach some of the things I’m hearing” he noted.
The lawmaker believes that Ghana is largely populated by people of the Christian faith and therefore any attempt to introduce such a ‘satanic’ agenda will be opposed, adding that we should remember the days of “Sodom and Gomorrah” in the bible.
“You see, God has blessed Ghana, don’t bring this nonsense under the era of the NPP government, that whatever comes to your mind you want to do it. The old men say no one shows a child to God. When we were all kids, there are somethings it is God who teaches us. If you get to the level to learn this at school, there is a way you are trained. This is a Christain country, a Muslim country, a country belonging to methodists, Romans country, if you add everything, the majority of Ghanaians are Christians. When we read the bible don’t we take note of Sodom and Gomorrah?
The Member of Parliament who was speaking at the commissioning of two classroom blocks for Fumso and Pipiiso D/A JHS in his constituency intimated that the CSE will cause mayhem if it ends up in Parliament for discussion.
“If this issue gets to parliament the speaker will burn the parliament house, the Majority leader will enter the bush and die, Minority leader will strip naked and fall into the sea, each one of us is angry so who will legislate that law? he quizzed.
According to Mr. Hammond, the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service who is at the center of this whole controversy for allegedly signing a document purported to be the “Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education in Ghana” doesn’t look like one to push for such an agenda.
“If you look at the face of the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service, it is plain, he is sane. He won’t just wake up and dream of bringing this nonsense to Ghana. Tomorrow I will ask him as to why he is not commenting on this” he added.
By way of advice, Mr. K. T. Hammond told Journalists to be mindful of the kind of reportage carried on the subject matter in order not to misinform or miseducate the public.
“Journalists should be careful about this thing, it is not true, I say it is not true if it is true, you will see what will happen in Ghana,” he said.