Sex Education Recommended for Primary Schools

Experts recommend sex education at primary school level

Experts in education, children’s rights and HIV/AIDS say primary school pupils are far more willing to talk about the risks and role of sex in their communities than adults realised.

They believe that statistics such as the 24.4 percent pregnancy rate among girls in grades 8-11 shown by the 2008 South African National Youth at Risk Survey, are a reason for schools to tackle the issue.

Deputy head of the education faculty at the University of Cambridge, Dr Colleen McLaughlin, says that a ‘social dialogue’ is needed in order to inform teacher training and sex education curricula in schools.

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