Nigerian parents are up in arms against a Nigerian Social Studies textbook used for learners in the first year of Junior Secondary School (JSS 1). According to the parents represented by the Association of Concerned Mothers (ASCOM), the Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) being offered to their children, in school, is nothing but the promotion of an “unwholesome and dangerous ideology.”
“Research has clearly shown that CSE is one of the most insidious attacks on the safety, health and innocence of our children. CSE claims to have an evidence-informed approach to effective sex, relationships and HIV/STI education. However, this ideology, which is already in use in government schools and some private schools in our country, promotes such things as abortion, homosexuality, masturbation and other controversial sexual ideologies to our children as young as eight years,” say Ngozi Agu and Chinelo Ujubuoñu of ASCOM.
Parents find particularly offensive page 50 of the book authored by S. O. Omotuyole. They claim the textbook sexualizes children. The Association has written to the Federal Minister of Education to withdraw the book. They are also unhappy with the Gender education in the Nigerian school curriculum.
Education in Nigeria is overseen by the Ministry of Education. Local authorities take responsibility for implementing the policy for state-controlled public education and state schools at a regional level. Students spend six years in Secondary School, that is three years of Junior Secondary School (JSS).
The Association of Concerned Mothers (ASCOM) is a registered NGO promoting family values and creating awareness of the rights and duties of parents in Nigeria. The Association also carries out activities focusing on the family and the moral education of children.