Lesbian/Gay issues in schools; Education Ministry steps in

Published: December 13, 2011

The Ministry of Education’s Public Relations Officer, Paul Krampah has said that the Ministry’s HIV/AIDS Secretariat has trained teachers to educate students homosexuality and its “adverse consequences” including HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

According to the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVSSU) of the Ghana Police Service, more teenage boys in Junior High and Senior High Schools are becoming victims of sexual abuse.

Many of these young boys and their families, according to report are reluctant to report such cases to the police and have serious implications for the health of the boys.

As a means to check the spread of HIV/AIDS in children, there have been calls on the governments to make Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) compulsory within the national curriculum.

According to campaigners, putting SRE at the heart of the curriculum would help ensure young people are equipped with the knowledge and confidence to protect them from HIV/AIDS.

Mr. Krampah said it was in this regard the HIV/AIDS secretariat was established.

"We are very optimistic that things will change and the incidence of homosexuality in the country will be a thing of the past,” he said.

Statistics he said show that HIV/AIDS have affected young men more than women and most especially in the UK and USA.

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