Sunday, August 24, 2008

Sex Education, Why, why not?

I was saddened by the scrapping!

In this third-world country where the population grows to hundreds of thousands each year, anyone who knows the facts and figures must worry about the future state of the Philippines.

The Department of Education (DepEd) attempted, at the start classes last June, to bring forward to the whole country the program on "sex education". Such program was seen as a positive step by the United Nations Fund for Population Activities. It was supposedly be integrated to the general curriculum, beginning 5th grade, via subjects like Health, Filipino, Science, and Livelihood education. This way, schools could help bottle up the issue of overpopulation and educate students on the dangers of pre-marital sex, including “unwanted pregnancies”.

However, everything went down the drain. Early on the program's trial run, the Philippine government scrapped it due to the strong defiance by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). In a country with about 90 percent Catholics, the CBCP believes that sex education into the public schools would encourage teenagers to undertake premarital sex rather than remain abstinent, and emphasizes that sex education is the parents’ responsibility, not the government’s.

Is the government right in scrapping it off the education system? I would have loved to see it implemented much longer and get results...I know many countries have introduced sex education in the curriculum.

I want to know your ideas. Please post.


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