No sex education in K'taka schools now: Minister

Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2007, 16:20 [IST]
 

Bangalore, Apr 18: Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education&13;Minister Basavaraj Horatti today ruled out the immediate introduction&13;of sex education at high school level in the state.
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Speaking after a meeting with the experts and teachers on the&13;issue, he told reporters here that the government would follow&13;democratic process in implementing the sex education in schools only&13;after going through the pros and cons of sex education as there was a&13;wide spread opposition to it.
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&13; He said the government had received four modules presented by four different institutions on sex education.
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&13; "The government would take the final decision on the issue only after a thorough debate on the subject," he said.
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However, the decision on whether to continue the training being&13;provided to teachers on sex education would be taken in the next two&13;weeks, he said.
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The speakers, including teachers, broadly agreed the need for&13;sexual ethics. However criticised the module, particularly the one&13;presented by United Nations International Children Education Fund&13;(UNICEF) and National Aids Control Organisation (NACO) saying that it&13;was heavily oriented towards marketing of condoms with an intention to&13;make HIV/AIDS an industry at the cost of children.
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Many teachers also took strong objection to the book prepared&13;UNICEF and NACO for including the illustrations which were not&13;acceptable to Indian culture.
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&13; They also expressed apprehensions about the students getting sexually provoked by these illustrations.
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