Civil Society Organisations on Tuesday faulted the directive by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, to the National Educational Research Development Council 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 disgreed with the directive.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the minister at the 66th Ministerial Session of the National Council on Education had given the directive to expunge sex education from the curriculum.
The minister 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.
But Chukwudozie said 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.
”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.