Education

May 28, 2013

"Necessary" According to the Minister: Sex Education in School from January 2014

The educational landscape welcome new material in September 2014. "Just like other subjects, sex education will be taught in their own right," said the Minister of Education.

It was during a one-day seminar on "HIV and Sexuality Education and Sex Related Health Services for Young People", held Monday at the Xia Conference Room at Bagatelle Mall. The aim is to validate a report on the subject for the region.

According to available figures, in 2011, 22% of adolescents Mauritian between 13 and 15 years had sex against 29.7% in Rodrigues. Minister Bunwaree argued that many of these reports were not protected and that the element of risk is very high.

He believes that a good education "will help students make the decisions that are necessary to become a responsible citizen." The Ministry of Education intends to organize this matter.

"At the end of primary school is in Std V and VI, it is necessary to introduce some basics about sexuality. The child must know his body. We must take into consideration that children are precocious puberty and starts earlier ... "The partners present were unanimous in saying that a good education encourages students to make good decisions about their sexual practice.

Mookhesswur Choonee, Minister of Health Acting believes that the lack of information makes it vulnerable teenager. "It is essential that students have the information they need at primary and secondary levels. An effort should also be made for those who are outside the education system, "he said.

The announcement was welcomed by Vydia Charan, Executive Director of the Mauritius Family Planning and Welfare Association (MFPWA): "We made a plea for a few years on this and we are satisfied with the decision of the Minister of Education. Young people are sexually active earlier and are more vulnerable to sexually transmitted diseases, teenage pregnancy and abuse. "

 

 

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