Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on Tuesday faulted the directive by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, to the National Educational Research Development Council (NERDC) to remove sex education from the Nigerian educational curriculum.
The Executive Director, Education as a Vaccine, Mrs Toyin Chukwudozie, on behalf of 53 organisations, in a statement in Abuja disagreed with the directive.
According the report from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the minister had given the directive to strike out sex education from the FLHE curriculum. He said this at the 66th Ministerial Session of the National Council on Education. Adamu argued that sex education should be left in the hands of parents and religious institutions and not to be taught in schools in a manner that would further corrupt little children who are having access to phones and technologies.
Chukwudozie countered this move noting that anyone who had interacted with the curriculum would know that it was set to provide the support and guidance for adolescents, and young people.
She said, ”These young people need to navigate through the changing phases of their lives that are so critical, and mostly experienced while they go through the basic and senior secondary education.
The FLHE curriculum is a planned process of education that fosters the acquisition of factual information, formation of positive attitudes, beliefs and values as well as development of skills’.
She said this would help them to cope with the biological, psychological, sociocultural and spiritual aspects of human living.
”This development is very unwelcome and erodes 20 years of progress made by the ministry of education and other state and non-state actors to provide wholesome education that meets the needs of learners at different levels.
”It appears the minister has not been provided appropriate information and advisory by relevant officials about Nigeria’s Family Life and HIV Education curriculum, the journey towards having this curriculum, and the impact for adolescents, and young people.
“The FLHE curriculum was approved by the same NCE in 2002 because of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the constant rising incidents among adolescents and young people.
”It is imperative to adopt strategies that will centre this vulnerable group at the heart of prevention and response, one of such strategies was the adaptation into the school curriculum.”