No plans to make sex education a subject in Malaysia

No plans to make sex education a subject in Malaysia
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SEX education will not be taught in schools as students are already bogged down with too many subjects.

"There are no plans at the moment to introduce sex education as a specific subject. But we welcome any NGO that wants to create awareness on the matter so that students can better protect themselves," Deputy Education Minister Chong Sin Woon said at the Par­liament lobby yesterday.

He said sex education was taught in schools not as a specific subject but included as a topic in several other subjects.

At present, he said, there were NGOs conducting awareness programmes in several schools.

He was responding to a question by Datuk Koh Nai Kwong (BN-Alor Gajah) on whether sex education would be taught as a subject to prevent teen pregnancies.

Sex education is taught in schools through Health Reproduction and Social Education studies since 1994. The topic is taught through several subjects such as Health Education, Bahasa Malaysia, English, Science, Biology, vIsla­mic Studies and Moral Education.

Last year, the Health Minister said that every year an average of 18,000 teenagers get pregnant with about 4,500 of them out of wedlock.

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