Kenyan Government’s Plan to diversify sex education in primary schools has been criticised for promoting promiscuity
The ministry of education wants guidance on sex to become a distinct topic in the country’s new curriculum. Campaigners of CitizenGo have petitioned the education ministry, urging it not to implement what it describes as a ‘dangerous proposal’.
Ann Kioko, campaigns manager for CitizenGo said, “It is teaching children from a very young age that they are sexual and they can experiment with homosexuality, and that abortion is their right.”
Kennedy Buhere, a spokesperson from the ministry of education said that sex education was already incorporated in the existing primary school curriculum. He further stated that content about sexuality in the new curriculum had taken into consideration the religious and cultural values of the country as well as the age of the children targeted.
According to the 2014 Kenya demographic and health survey, 18% of teenagers in Kenya were already mothers or were pregnant. Around 3,70,000 students between the age of 10- to 19-year-olds. According to the country’s National Aids Control Council, 43% of the 61,000 new HIV infections recorded in 2016 were among young people aged between 10 and 19.