SEREMBAN: In an about-turn, teachers are now prepared to teach sex education in schools — but educationists want proper training first.
This was a drastic change from a stand taken on March 2 when the National Union of the Teaching Profession was against such an education.
NUTP had then said that teachers lacked formal training “in the complexity and sensitivity of the subject and were not confident to teach it”.
Its secretary-general Lok Yim Pheng said the new decision was reached at a recent three-day delegates conference held here.
She added that teachers believed sex education should begin at early secondary education; and the educationists should be given comprehensive training first. “The ministry needs to come up with proper modules and programmes to allow us to impart this to students effectively,” she said.
Lok added that teachers were concerned that they would become open targets for litigation from parents if they made mistakes when imparting such knowledge to students.
Many quarters, including parents, had urged the authorities to introduce sex education.
p/s: I don't know what will happen in the future.