Bishops Desire the Removal of the Following Strand from Textbooks
Bishops Desire the Removal of the Following Strand from Textbooks. The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) has expressed its strong displeasure with the graphic sexual education content found in Grade 7 textbooks.
According to a statement issued by KCCB Chairman Paul Njiru at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, such instructional materials may unintentionally encourage students to use contraception.
The priests worry that discussing family planning and the use of contraception with young students will surely lead to the sexualization of the classroom. It is predicted that this will significantly increase the already high rates of teenage pregnancies and abortions.
During a press conference, Bishop Paul Kariuki emphasized that the material not only sexualizes the learning environment for kids, but also plays a significant role in the alarmingly high rates of teenage pregnancies and abortions.
Kariuki emphasized that this materials violates the Ministry of Education’s strict policy against exposing minors to sexual content.
“Looking at the Grade 7 Teacher’s Guide named “Health Education” and the Grade 7 Learner’s Book titled “Top Scholar Health Education” by the Kenya Literature Bureau under Strand 7 on Human Reproductive Health, sub-strand 7.2 on Reproductive Health, on page 127
The KCCB voiced concern that the elementary education level’s promotion of family planning will increase the number of teenage abortions if left unchecked.
In response, the church urged administrators of Catholic schools to continue emphasizing and encouraging steadfast moral convictions in their students.