Task Force may recommend sex education in high schools

The State Mental Health Task Force will likely recommend to the government to introduce sex education in high schools to make the younger generation fully aware of the human reproductive system and allay misconceptions about sex.

Speaking to reporters here on Saturday, Task Force chairperson Dr K A Ashok Pai said he was personally in favour of introducing sex education in schools, as it would create a healthy and scientific attitude among students towards sex and human reproduction.

He said it was not wrong to teach students about the human reproductive system when they were already learning about the animal reproductive system.

Pai favoured introduction of sex education in classes IX, X and PU first year, when an individual reaches the crucial stage of physical and emotional development.

Replying to a question, he said there was no need for a separate class or session for imparting sex education and that it could be taught in the biology class through trained teachers. “It will in no way be a burden on the student, but rather it would dispel wrong notions and misconceptions about sex and reproduction.”

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