13 Jan '12, 10pm

ST Forum: Start sex education earlier, says one of our readers

I SUPPORT the call to start sexuality education in schools earlier ('Counsellors call for sex education revamp'; Wednesday). The current conservative view that 'promotes abstinence as the best option for teens' is untenable and unrealistic. The article cited the recent Bayer HealthCare survey here that 'a third of Singaporeans polled said that they had been given the wrong information on contraception'. There is a pressing need to arrest the alarming number of molestation cases, the increasing rate of unwanted teenage pregnancies and the rising trend of dangerous HIV infections. A revamp of sex education towards comprehensive sexuality education is the remedy as promoted in other countries. Sexuality education includes the teaching of abstinence and that is obvious. But abstinence alone is not enough. If one does not drive, one cannot cause road accidents. People do drive ...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/Story/STIStory_755370...

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