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Sex Education Trouble in India

This is from yesterday’s BBC News Asia

(Every country had differences on whether sex education should be taught in the classroom, and if it should be taught, how it should be taught. Our current political administration paid a lot of money to support an abstinence campaign, which proved a failure. So how do we best protect our young?)

Sex education runs into trouble
The Indian government’s recent attempt to introduce sex education for school children has provoked a vigorous debate. In the second of two articles, the BBC’s Jyotsna Singh considers the case against a more open discussion of sex in schools.

The decision to introduce sex education in India’s schools, aimed primarily at creating awareness about HIV-Aids, has generated howls of protests from many quarters.

Many women’s organisations and religious groups as well as several politicians say exposing children to an open debate on the subject, specially in classrooms, will make them “more permissive”.

More than 30% of Indian states have rejected the federal government-supported sex education programme.

The Secondary School Teachers’ Association in Uttar Pradesh state has even threatened to make a bonfire of books if sex education isn’t withdrawn immediately.

Several teachers and student groups have objected to the teaching aid or kit to be used for educating the pupils in the class.

One of the main objects that has drawn the ire of the protestors is a flip chart, prepared jointly by the Unicef and government-controlled National Aids Control Organisation (Naco) to facilitate the government’s adolescent education programme.

‘Too graphic’

The chart, entitled “Knowledge is Power”, contains illustrations and images dealing with issues related to growing up and relationships in the context of sexually transmitted infections and HIV/Aids.

The chart also contains a chapter on essential skills needed to prevent the disease.

But protesters say the visuals in the chart are too “graphic”.

The right-wing Hindu organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) blames “a Western mindset behind the move”.

“We run about 26,000 schools across the country. Our teachers have studied the curriculum and they find it obscene and objectionable,” RSS spokesman Ram Madhav told the BBC.

“The whole curriculum is designed to suit the lifestyle in Western countries, where there is a general free atmosphere. In our country we live with families.”

You can read the rest of this article HERE.

August 23, 2007 - Posted by | Community, Cross Cultural, Family Issues, Kuwait, Mating Behavior, Political Issues, Social Issues

2 Comments »

  1. Ahh ! bloody Indians ! We will never learn as long as those idiots [whome we elect] sit on high posts and play the “religious card” ….but time will change ..slow but steady …

    Comment by "GreY" | August 23, 2007 | Reply

  2. We have the same idiots in the USA.

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 23, 2007 | Reply


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