State rejects sex education recommendations

New guidelines for sex education will be released in a few weeks, but the Government will shy away from ordering schools to teach more than basic biology.

The Ministry of Education is due to release the new blueprint in December, nine months after an advisory panel recommended teens be taught respectful attitudes as a core part of the overhaul.

The health select committee recommendations were designed to push the focus of what teens learn beyond the physical mechanics of sex and reproduction after an 18-month inquiry found “fragmented and uneven programmes”, which it partly blamed for the high teenage pregnancy rate. Read More

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