The alleged proposal to the Ministry of Education as a matter of policy to distribute condoms to students in the Junior and Senior High Schools as a way of controlling teenage pregnancy has received backlash from various quarters, including members of the Clergy.
The alleged proposal said to have been made by the Member of Parliament for Kwabre East in the Ashanti Region, Francisca Oteng Mensah was reported in sections of the media recently as a means of reducing the menace in the country.
But since the report by the media, some members of the public have taken a swipe at the MP, noting that the move would rather promote fornication among teenagers, instead of controlling teenage pregnancy among the youth. .
Some members of the Clergy have also joined the fray of the condemnation, describing the proposal as unacceptable, as it goes contrary to the cultural practices and norms of the country.
The Minister in charge of the Damascus Chriistian Church Int. in Agona Swedru Apostle Paul Gyasi Acheampong, the Agona Nyakrom branch minister of the Assemblies of God Church Rev. Nicholas Baah-Boison, the Snr. Presbyter of the Presbyterian Church also in Agona Nyakrom Mr. Daniel Kojo Kwetu, the Agona Swedru branch minister of the Apostolic Reformed Church-Ghana Aposte William Aggrey as well as the minister in charge of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana also in Agona Swedru, Rev. Nana Osei Owusu Fosu have all condemned the proposal, describing it as tantamount to the principles of the Bible and affront to the cultural practices of Africans.
According to them, the only solution to the problem is sex education as part of the school curricular, and not distribution of condoms as suggested by the MP.
However, some of them blamed the problem on the aspect of human rights, particularly among the teenagers as enshrined in the Constitution, stressing that that his given too much room for the youth to take their life’s into their own hands without the control of their parents, leading to the practice of sexual activities.
Others shared different opinion on the issue, blaming parents of neglecting their parental responsibilities, thereby leading to pregnancy among the youth.
According to them, the problem should be a national concern that needs a concerted effort by all to address.
By. Robert Ayanful