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Keeping Sex off the Curriculum?

New Delhi, Tue, 29 Apr 2008 Deepak Kumar Mohanty

Despite government’s effort of making sex education compulsory, in Indian schools it is still off the chart. Protest came from cultural, religious, and some other sections of society and now various state governments citing its adverse impact on young people in a close society. However, it is to everybody’s knowledge the education is no way talks only about sexual activity but alerting basic facts essential for leading a health life.

Considering the growing number of HIV patients in India it is probably the best way to spread awareness. If one poses the fact that sexual intercourse is not the only cause of AIDS but in India as per data suggest 80 percent of AIDS patients are results of unsafe sexual activity. Though in many cases it occurs due to migratory workers but only in the absence of right information to people.

No doubt HIV/AIDS and other healthy behavioural attitudes are proposed to be in the curriculum and hence sex education should be put into a broader prospective, as imparting it into school curriculum can positively help our young generation from taking any life risk step.

To those who are of the view that sex education encourages sexual experimentation or increased activity should keep the fact in mind that in today’s scenario younger generation practice sex at very younger age. Moreover, researchers have found terrible ignorance about basic sex and health related issues among youth such as menstruation, pregnancy, contraception, abortions, and STDs, which pilot to serious health problems.

Access to modern technologies like television and Internet has already made it easy for young people to have information about sex and related issues. So, if one can provide Internet to his/her child to access such information then there seems no objection in imparting the same education in school. Evil arises when one preserve silence which apparently corrupts mind leading to extremism.

Furthermore according to the National Study on Child Abuse 2007 by the Ministry of Women and Child Development 19% of the world’s children live in India, 42% of India’s total population are aged below eighteen and there exists a high rate of child abuse cases of different forms and child protection has remained largely unaddressed and even in our present educational system. Children should also be taught about various facets of child sexual abuse.

Sex education has been a poignant issue bringing modernists against conservatives in a country which is set to house more than fifty per cent of world’s AIDS patients by 2020. One should never forget that the more ‘sex’ is concealed the more teenagers want to know impelling towards serious consequence. Therefore, sex education doesn’t mean SEXUAL PRACTICE but the campaign to make understand key issues including safe sex; sexual preference; sex related diseases; sexual violence and many other that can be solved only with the effective means of education.


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