Parents divided on sex education
The Borneo Post
byChok Sim Yee, Adrian Nandu, Christy Chok, Azmie Lim, Lawrence Shim and Alen Kee.Posted onNovember 18, 2010, ThursdayTHE move by the Education Ministry to introduce sex education at primary and secondaryschools next year has received mixed reactions from a wide cross section of the respondents inSabah.The majority of parents and teachers were divided on the issue. Some have agreed to the ideaof allowing children as young as six years old to have sex education in primary schools as part of a drive to curb baby-dumping, promiscuity and spread of diseases such as AIDS and HIV, whileproponents were perfectly happy with the proposal.Sabah Chinese Teachers Association chairman Datuk Eng Thiam Leong said school childrenwould benefit from the common knowledge taught in sex education.Although the syllabus of the subject has not been disclosed, Eng said educating students onhealth related issues would be good for them.Eng, who is also the principal of SJK (C) Chung Hwa Kota Kinabalu, pointed out that the subjectwould help prevent children from being a victim of sexual crimes, as well as give them thenecessary knowledge to counter undesirable materials in the online world.Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong announced sex education to be taught in allprimary schools starting Year One in 2011. Called social and reproductive health education, thecomponent will be taught for 30 minutes every week during Physical and Health Educationlessons.Asked if the teachers would be ready to teach the subject, Eng said it would not be a problemfor primary school teachers as it would be taught as common knowledge.“It’s a compulsory subject for secondary schools, and more like a common knowledge forprimary schools.”However, he added that training might be needed for secondary schools teachers as they wouldgo more in-depth on sex education.A secondary school teacher, who wished to be identified only as Chai, is in favour of the move,saying that children should be taught to differentiate sexual harrassment from affectionatehugging.“They should know touching private parts is no-no, and it is wrong to touch them atinappropriate places.