I just came across this article here. ‘A Parliamentary committee has disfavoured introduction of sex education in schools and suggested inclusion of appropriate chapters in Biology syllabus, but not before plus two stage’
And they justify it by saying this – ‘Message should appropriately be given to school children that there should be no sex before marriage which is immoral, unethical and unhealthy,” the committee on petitions of Rajya Sabha said in its latest report which said “there should be no sex education in schools”.’
Does sex education in school equal – ‘sex before marriage’? Surely, in today’s world, children have access to a lot more material than the previous generations and isn’t it always better to ensure that they get this information from schools and parents instead of sleazy magazines or websites? By the time, a child reaches plus 2 – he/she is already 15/16 years old. Isn’t that too late to start sex ed?
‘The committee said chapters like ‘Physical and Mental Development in Adolescents’ and ‘HIV/AIDS and other Sexually Transmitted Diseases’ may be removed from the present curriculum and included in the books of biology at the ten plus two stage. ‘
I really feel that information, when given in a matter of fact, sensible way , can only help and by taking it off the curriculum and keeping it under the wraps can only cause more issues. Surely, when teenagers are made aware of the dangers and issues, they would be more conscious and responsible rather than when it is all kept hidden away like forbidden fruit?
What do you think? Do you think this is a sensible move or are we just burying our head in the sand?
Edited to Add – I just came across this. Scares me to think of it – but an interesting read..