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Ho, Aug. 7, GNA – Madam Comfort Esi
Ablometi, Volta Regional Director, Department of Gender, has called for the
introduction of sex education to children above six years in view of the rising
incidence of teenage pregnancy in the country.

She said children as young as six
years were being exposed to adults’ content through modern technology and
called for a change in “parenting style” which

Ho, Aug. 7, GNA – Madam Comfort Esi
Ablometi, Volta Regional Director, Department of Gender, has called for the
introduction of sex education to children above six years in view of the rising
incidence of teenage pregnancy in the country.

She said children as young as six
years were being exposed to adults’ content through modern technology and
called for a change in “parenting style” which considered sex education a
“taboo”.

Madam Ablometi, who was speaking to
the Ghana News Agency in an interview, said sex education needed to be
introduced to children as soon as they started discovering their gender and
urged parents to be willing to guide them through that process.

She said a good number teenage
pregnancy cases were because parents neglected the subject or misinformed their
children on their reproductive health, leaving them to either investigate
themselves or resort to neighbours and peers for answers.

“This will lead to trust waning
between parents and children and will make the child want to know more from
where he feels is a reliable source”, Madam Ablometi said.

She said children needed to know the
consequences of their sexual interests, and asked that preschools need to
revise their curriculum to include sex education.

Madam Ablometi said many girls who
fall victims to early marriages had little knowledge of reproductive health and
end up with complications during childbirth.

She said puberty rights, which were
initially meant to encourage virginity, and portray womanhood, was losing its
significance and called for a relook at the practice.

Madam Ablometi said virgin clubs had
to be discouraged because members easily become the targets of perverts.

GNA


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