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Are we heading toward scrapping of sex education in schools?
Union health minister Harsh Vardhan, who is currently visiting the US, on his website (drharshvardhan.com) has stated that the so-called 'sex education' needs to be banned and advocated for integrating value education with course content and India's cultural bearings and relations.

The advocates of sex education deem it a need of modern times and want children right from their teens to be instructed about the physiological, psychological and sociological aspects of sexual response, reproduction, conception, contraception, sexuality, values, decision making, communication, relationships, sexually transmitted infections and HIV-AIDS.

However, many people feel that sex education initiatives so far have further corrupted the adolescents' minds and made them 'little adults' through dating, promiscuity, experimentation, unhealthy attitudes towards opposite sex, etc., which are even otherwise against the Indian values and culture.

In India, both teachers and students feel embarrassed while talking on the topics related to sex education. Many times, students start giggling even when teachers talk about the reproductory organs and reproductory health in their biology classes.

Many parents have opposed sex education since they see it against their moral or religious beliefs. Currently, even otherwise, schools are being blamed for low-quality education and lack of professional teachers, the teaching of sexual education courses will do more harm than good.

Moreover, the families from which most teachers come, they generally feel that sexual education transgresses their own beliefs and they feel uncomfortable to teach this subject.

It seems that we are heading towards scrapping of sex education in our schools!


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