Teenage Girls Must Also Be Taught Sex Education

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KUALA LUMPUR – Teenage girls should also have access to sex education when it is introduced next year to males aged 16 and above, say leaders of educational and parenting associations.

Welcoming the move, these leaders said the implementation of the sex education module should be thoroughly studied so that it would be understood by the students.

National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) president Hashim Adnan (pic) said like the boys, girls also needed to be given sex education so that both understood the matter.

“It takes two to tango, so in this matter, both parties, whether male or female, must be informed about sex education.

“We believe it should be taught properly…sex education in schools, rather than them learning from the internet, as is happening now,” he said when contacted by Bernama here Monday.

Hashim noted that sex education could be taught through several subjects, including Science, Islamic and Moral education.

Women, Family and Community Development Minister, Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim had previously said that from next year, sex education would be imparted to teenagers aged 16 and above.

She was reported to have said that the module targeted male teenagers to help them understand reproductive and sexual health, and could curb social problems which affected the family structure.

Meanwhile, Parent Action Group for Education president, Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said schools should prepare for the best way to implement the module so that sex education could be taught in the most effective way to students.

“The teaching method must be thoroughly studied so that it is effective and could be a way to reduce social problems arising from informal education obtained from the information technology mediums.

“It cannot be denied that done properly, sex education is the best way to handle (the problem of) free sex and unplanned pregnancies among teenagers,” she said.

She added that parents should also be more open in talking to their children about sex education when the module was taught.

“There will be questions, so parents should be ready to impart in the best manner…do not just depend on schools,” said Noor Azimah.

Social group, Muafakat Sejahtera Masyarakat Malaysia (Muafakat) president Ismail Mina said sex education was also stressed in Islam, especially for youths reaching the age of puberty.

Ismail hoped sex education would help improve knowledge of sexual relations and health among youths. – BERNAMA