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Sex education is to be made compulsory for all pupils, prompting fury from faith groups which said that the move would contravene the right for children to be educated in accordance with their parents’ beliefs.
All 15-year-olds must receive at least one year of sex and relationship lessons, Ed Balls, the Schools Secretary, said yesterday. Those whose religious or moral values prevent them from attending will be classed as truants and may be punished by the school. Until now parents could opt out of lessons about contraception, sexually transmitted diseases and homosexuality until their children were 19.
Roman Catholic and Muslim groups said they would strongly oppose the move. Shahid Akmal, chairman of the Muslim Council of Britain’s education board, said he would challenge the laws, which he called an imposition. “It is always better for the parents to talk to children about sex rather than the school over which the parents have no control,” he said.
The Catholic Education Service for England and Wales said it was “disappointed” that the “blanket right to withdrawal” had been removed.
Originally posted by whaaa
I do agree that sex education should be a parental responsibility and it should imo be exercised at least by age 8.
Those whose religious or moral values prevent them from attending will be classed as truants and may be punished by the school.
Originally posted by unicorn1
At 15 most kids could probably tell ME a thing or two...
Originally posted by AshleyD
Schools do not own children. Even if one personally thinks the parents are wrong for wanting to disallow their children from attending such sessions, that is the parent's right. The state should not be above the family.
Schools do not own children.
Originally posted by veterator
Kids need to be treated like kids, dressed like kids, and expected to act like kids. It's not the chemical's fault, it's the parent's fault. Parents need to act like parents! Take control and responsibility!