There is global concern about teaching sex education in schools. Sex education has long-term implicative influence on the child’s beliefs, attitudes and relations with persons of the opposite gender. Only until recently has sexual education been emphasized in the curriculum. Despite its introduction, sexual education in schools is inappropriate as it could lure the students into explorative sexual encounters (Irvine 122). Due to the emotive nature and psychosexual stimulation surrounding sexual education to the students, it is imperative that it be expunged from the curriculum, if currently in present, and or shunned from inclusion in the school curriculum, if absent.
Instructors in schools entrusted to teach the students about sex education are ill equipped with ideas and practicum (Rahmani , Merghati-Khoei and Fallahi 233). They therefore end up giving incomplete, inconsistent and vague information to the students. Cultivating the wrong impression in the learner could prove to be catastrophic to the student as they develop and explore their sexuality and in the future. Additionally improper delivery of sexual information may attract ridicule and disinterest from the students (Irvine 128) who then fall victim to the pitfalls of pre-marital sex.
Sexual education, some quarters indicate, empowers the students (Rahmani , Merghati-Khoei and Fallahi ). However as Irvine notes, this information disempowers the students as it motivates the students into initiating their own sexual exploits (123). The students could perceive it as a stimulus for sexual intercourse. This education elicits the desire and curiosity to get more of such sex information. This information then coerces the student into sexual exploration and acts.
Sex education in schools contravenes religious and cultural teachings among certain communities. Most schools are ill equipped in delivery of culture and religious sensitive education (Rahmani , Merghati-Khoei and Fallahi 236), let alone sex education. Contradictory stances shared between culture-religious education and sex education could easily confuse the students. This confusion will predispose the students to sexual predation by their peers and society.
Irvine, M Janice. Talk about Sex: The Battles Over Sex Education in the United States. LA: University of California Press, 2002.
Rahmani , A, E Merghati-Khoei and A Fallahi . “Perceived Advantages and Disadvantages of Sex Education in Young Women: A Qualitative Study.” International Journal of High Risk Behaviors and Addiction 7.2 (2018).