Future Leaders or Future Porn stars?

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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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14 comments

  1. Dzifa · May 29, 2012

    God really help Ghana! It really is troubling!

  2. wsgeorge · May 29, 2012

    I absolutely love this post! It’s an issue I’ve been pondering over too. Personally, I feel society will change, whether we like it or not. Yesterday’s vice is tomorrow’s virtue.

    Government censorship will only make things worse. it’s happened before, where restrictions only made certain things more valuable.

    What needs to be done is for moral institutions like churches, religious societies and most importantly, the family, to take a strong stance against all this. They should not push the responsibility to the government or its agencies.

    Someone’s vice is another person’s virtue. There’s little common ground, no matter how we cut it. Morality is subjective enough. Parents should learn to be parents and not caretakers.

  3. anonymous233 · May 30, 2012

    Very very troubling..
    I wish as a nation we should do something about this. Not saying they should stop showing it but the time at which they show it is terrible. In the afternoon! Parents are just rearing kids instead of bringing them up. That is an entire article to be written

  4. Sed · November 13, 2012

    I agree with u George. Censorship only makes the vice more appealing. We’ve all been kids before. That I know for sure.

    • anonymous233 · November 13, 2012

      Especially those movies rated 18. But at least when they are done, we know the media did their best

  5. Sel_El_Nino · November 13, 2012

    At this point, the damage is far worse than imagined but nonetheless we hope the government and other social institutions can help salvage our future leaders before all is lost! God help us all

  6. Efo Dela · November 13, 2012

    JHS kids of today are way more sexually active than i was in the University.
    I don’t think there’s anything we can do to stop this trend. With the increase in Technology, this was always bound to happen

    • anonymous233 · November 13, 2012

      Hmm, but least what is on the local television can be monitered

  7. Babs Abu-Wemah · November 13, 2012

    awww!awesome.nice article n vry intriguing

  8. kwame · November 14, 2012

    Very good piece. I really feel sad for parents who are raising children in this era. The whole system is falling apart.

  9. musicalwrits · November 15, 2012

    Our ladies(who are almost always the patrons) are also picking up unrealistic ideas of what a relationship should be like which has in turn led to an Increase in break-ups…

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