Why NGO Wants Sex Education In Schools Stopped

  • A petition against comprehensive sex education has been presented by an NGO to the Ministry of Education in Nairobi seeking to stop rollout of the curriculum in Kenya.

    The lobby group has asked the government to review the proposed sex education curriculum, claiming it is destructive and un-African.

    "Comprehensive sex education is a highly contoversial, rights-based approach to sex education that encompsses a great deal more than just teaching children and youth about sexual intercourse and human reproduction," Ms Ann Kioko, the campaigns manager for CitizenGo stated.

    "The curriculum is more destructive than Boko Haram or Al Shabaab," she added.

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    According to her, the sex education was developed in the United States and would therefore bring in norms that are not accepted in African society.

    "Children from the age of five years will be taught about masturbation, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) movement and community, contraceptives and abortion. This is Africa, it is not acceptable,"expressed Ms Kioko.

    Ms Kioko requsted that stakeholders come together to fins more local and responsible approach to the issue.

    "We should teach them substance.The curriculum should say that virginity is still fashionable," Kioko mentioned.

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    She explained that the approach taken to teaching the new curriculum would take away the parents' authority in children's lives and give a bigger role to teachers instead.