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The rise of sexual immorality in Junior High Schools (JHS) in Ghana should not surprise the Ghana Education Service (GES). They should query the media; with their “censorship” and
good kind of filtering, it’s no wonder the moral fiber of our society is crumbling.
Most schools are out for the day somewhere around 3pm. I can’t speak much for the children before me, but at least when I was a kid, television shows around 3pm were “clean” cartoons and shows like Power Rangers, Tele Class, Hobby Time, By the Fireside(Kweku Ananse), and other educative and entertaining shows. What have children to watch these days? Telenovela upon telenovela upon sexually charged, philandering, angst-ridden telenovela. Not to forget the typical crass Nigerian/Ghanaian movie. They can show 5 telenovelas back to back,on just 1 station. My issue with these isn’t that they have all kinds of unethical/immoral acts in them, but rather that they don’t rebuke these acts. Have you ever heard the line, “The moral of this story is…”? Well, our television is grossly failing us in that respect; these shows these days teach no, if any, admirable values to children.
Need I talk about some Ghanaian/Nigerian movies being made nowadays? Personally, I think much, nay; too much has been said about them. Sex sells they said. They just show a lot of graphic sexual content and our kids get a hold of these movies to watch. Kids and teenagers easily absorb such stuff, after all, they are still young and hardly know that there are consequences to every action. They are easily influenced by these things and given that they are in their formative years, this influence leads them to all kinds of debauchery.
Then there are the newspapers. The next time you are passing by a newspaper stand just stop and look at some of the papers in circulation – sexually-laden publications that masquerade as “newspapers”. They are readily on our newsstands and their front pages leave nothing to the imagination. The curious minds of these young ones would capture and their tender minds would be corrupted. What else do we expect the kids to do? Their minds have been filled with so much garbage that they have even started dating in class 3 and some end up recording their sexual exploits to show their friends.
I’m all for culture adaptation, there is a lot we can learn from one another across the globe, but I draw the line when what we inculcate into our impressionable children (or society, to be thorough) is not respectable, ethical or moral. Now, I’m not saying that children are all angels and our media is solely to blame for their behavior, but the very environment around them should inspire decency. The media will show what sells, but if we don’t patronize the rubbish they give us, they will be more attentive to what they show. I think parents and responsible adults are obliged to protest at least for the future of the nation. But then again, most parents are at work around these times, the main reason why the media should help. The media has to consider the future generation and check the content of their programmes. Unless, of course, they want us to have an immoral and corrupt future where every “non-lethal” immorality is accepted. God help Ghana.
A troubled Us, anonymous233 and Cheese McAwesome
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