Looking at the content of the SLPs, there is most definitely serious cause for concern.
The SLPs are available to the public since the DBE published it on their website at the end of 2019: view the SLP’s here
2.1. The SLPs not only contain factual content, but also ideological content that pushes a particular view and understanding of sex and sexuality, focusing on sexual autonomy and progressive concepts and constructs such as “sexual identity”, “sexual rights”, “sexual and reproductive health services” (which includes abortion), and which is detrimental to the best interests of the child. There is a clear bias against healthy development and healthy outcomes, in favour of the promotion of radical progressive ideals, where these objectives are in conflict.
The basis of the SLPs – the 6-point core message – denies the true nature, value and purpose of sex and warps it by diminishing it to a mere casual or recreational activity.
2.2. The SLP content also drives in a wedge between parents and children – weakening the parent-child family relationship – and dismisses family and community values as “prejudices”, i.e. it is to be doubted or distrusted.
2.3. Some of the factual content in the SLPs will not be age-appropriate for every child in the classroom within a given age group/grade and some of it is presented in a moral/values vacuum or in a moral/values context that many South African parents will disagree with completely.
2.4. The ideological basis of the SLPs is Radical Feminist Gender Ideology, which is coupled with so-called gender fluidity/spectrum/neutrality theory.
Terminology used includes “gender identity”, “gender/sex assigned at birth” and the SLPs attempt to normalise or promote acceptance of mental illness (specifically gender confusion/dysphoria).
It for example spreads the lie that a person who suffers from gender dysphoria can change his/her biological sex to correspond to the opposite sex, i.e. the sex they wrongly identify with because of their illness/symptoms. This is of course impossible because a person’s biological sex is determined by his/her DNA, which is established at conception and cannot be changed. This is why adults who have so-called “sex change” operations have to take life-long hormone pills – to block their body’s normal and healthy hormone production and to force the body through supplements of hormones produced by bodies of the opposite sex, to look more like bodies of the opposite sex.
These theories accordingly are contrary to basic biology and medical science, and looking at its impact on the Western world outside of Africa, we see it spiralling into –
2.4.1. The privacy and safety of girls being sacrificed as gender confused boys are allowed to share girls’ cloakrooms and bathrooms;
2.4.2. Girls’ sports being taken over by boys;
2.4.3. Healthy development – specifically puberty – being disrupted or blocked, meaning that children are actually made ill by way of “medical” interventions and in some instances sterilised;
2.4.4.Through these hormonal and in some instances surgical interventions, people are locked into their illness – their gender confusion symptoms are perpetuated by interventions that cause their bodies to look more like the opposite sex, i.e. the sex they identify with because of their illness;
2.4.5.Parents who object to such interventions because they want their children to be healthy, their children are removed from their care or they are denied their rights to participate in medical decisions regarding their children’s health and well-being.
NB: As an important acknowledgment, we affirm that people suffering from whatever illness or pathological condition, deserve the utmost care, dignity, respect and support. In our opinion, however, it is not in the best interests of a child to deny their illness/condition and arrest their healthy bodily development by way of “medical” interventions which in some cases results in irreparable harm.
People who want to know more about this, are encouraged to read the American College of Paediatricians’ position statement on gender dysphoria in children (https://www.acpeds.org/gender-dysphoria-in-children-summary-points) and a recent article in the Wall Street Journal (https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-dangerous-denial-of-sex-11581638089) on the same topic.
2.5. There are also major concerns in terms of process:
2.5.1. Parents, i.e. the people of South Africa, were not consulted before government embarked on the process of developing the SLPs (starting in 2011) – specifically, the South African public were not consulted whether there is majority agreement with the ideological basis of the learning material.
2.5.2. There are also major concerns about the influence of UNESCO, UN Population Fund, USAID, International Planned Parenthood Federation and others, their interests, what they stand to gain, and at what cost to South Africa and its people, especially our children.
For more information and to get a fuller understanding of the history of the drive to implement CSE in South African schools, find out more at: