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Sex Education to be Compulsory for All

Sex Education to be Compulsory for All

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According to Children’s Secretary Ed Balls only a “very small minority” (0.04%) of parents opt to take their children out of sex and relationship education classes.

Even that small figure however, will change as new rules (coming into practice in 2011) make sex education classes compulsory in England for all students aged 15 and over. The current rules allow parents to withdraw their children up to the age of 19.

Under the new rules, all pupils will be required to have at least 1 year of sex and relationships education before their 16th birthday including classes on topics such as same sex relationships and contraception. These rules will also apply to faith schools although governing bodies will still be able to ensure that classes reflect the religious ethos of the school.

Have Your Say: Should parents be able to choose for their children? Should sex education be the responsibility of schools?

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  • Tom Jones
    Posted at 14:05h, 11 November Reply

    I believe that sex education should be left to parents. It is other misguided decision by Government to undermine family life in the UK. Parents know their children better then teachers.

  • Sue Clarke
    Posted at 17:20h, 12 November Reply

    I want sex education AVAILABLE to All but not COMPULSORY for All. The ultimate person responsible for a child is the parent not the State. Only when a parent has demonstrated that they cannot take that responsibility should the State step in.

  • Saleh Ahmed
    Posted at 00:46h, 14 January Reply

    Sex education should be taught at the appropriate age within a moral framework and it must be based on values of the child’s parents. Parents must always be informed of all materials and styles used for teaching the topic. It must not be taught merely as some act one needs to perform safely devoid of any values. The very young i.e. under elevens, must not be burdened with this discourse so early in their childhood just because society has been allowed to fall into the slippery slope of promiscuity these days.

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