Monday, June 26, 2006

Sex education in schools: Course from next year

NST: KUALA LUMPUR: A course on sexual behaviour may be taught in primary and secondary schools next year.
The issues likely to be tackled will include human reproduction, marriage and sexually-transmitted diseases.
Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, saying that sexual education was likely to be on the school curriculum next year, did not specify the subjects to be broached.
But Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, unveiling guidelines on sex education late last year, had identified some of the topics to be taught.
His ministry issued the guidelines to several ministries for feedback.
Shahrizat said her ministry was currently working with the Education Ministry on redefining points in the draft on sex education in schools.
She was, however, unable to say which areas of the draft needed rectification.
"The draft will be tabled in Cabinet soon for approval and is likely to be implemented by next year," she told the New Straits Times.
She spoke after launching the Federal Territory Road Safety Campaign.
The Government hopes Malaysians will become more respectful of gender and sexuality with the introduction of sex education in schools.
In the long term, it hopes that this will reduce sex crimes.

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