Some parents in Lagos have called for the introduction of sex education into the secondary school curriculum in the background of recent cases of child abuse and molestation.
In separate interviews with NAN, some other parents, however, expressed doubts that sex education would reduce cases of abuse in minors.
Dubem Anagbado, a sales executive and father of three, said depending on the curriculum, sex education could be taught in schools.
He, however, added that the family has the basic responsibility of communicating sex education better to the children.
“Sex education could be taught in schools depending on its content. If it’s based on children being free to express their sexual orientation, I don’t support that,” he said.
“However, if it’s to explain to the children about their body parts and how and when it should be used to avoid any consequence, I support that.”
Abimbola Egbinola, an artisan and mother of three, argued that sex education should be taught in schools to educate the children about sex predators and their tactics.
“What is happening in our society is scary. Children are being misled, they need to know what sex is all about and its consequences. Sex education must be taught in schools,” she opined.
“I try my best to educate my children, and added to what the school teaches them, children should understand how serious it is so they won’t be victims.”
Ignatius Onadi, an electrician and father of five, said sex education is not needed because children already know what adults are even ignorant of.
“Children of this generation know and can do what their parents don’t do, so what is the need of educating them, when they already have wide knowledge of sex,” he said.
“We tend to pretend a lot. What we can do is to pray for them.”
However, Anita Onuorah, a tailor and a mother of four, said that sex education is an important aspect of education.
“Our moral values are decaying and our children are becoming useless every passing day, do we need someone to tell us that we need to reorient our children and youths?” the mother asked.
“Sex education is only a small part of education but it is paramount, sometimes, I hear different stories from my children when they come back from school. We need to change their mindset.
“Rape is a lack of sexual choice, a child lacks the ability to make a choice concerning her sexuality due to age. Consequently, any choice or consent given by a child is unacceptable.”
Earlier, the surfacing of a rather explicit sex tape involving Chrisland School minors raised concerns among parents, resulted in a temporary showdown of the school, and prompted a police investigation.
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