Sex questionnaire for primary school

A questionnaire distri­buted to primary school pupils in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, has made some parents furious.

It asked the pupils if they have engaged in sexual activities, have homosexual tendencies or multiple sexual partners.

The children were also asked if they had engaged in unnatural sexual acts, and if they ever used condoms or other contraceptives.

In the five-page questionnaire, girls were also asked when they had their first period, if they were pregnant, and if they had suffered a miscarriage.

An outraged parent of a 10-year-old pupil brought up the matter to the local assemblyman, who referred it to the education department, The Star reported.

State Education director Kalsom Khalid said preliminary investigations revealed that the questionnaire was distributed to several schools by a health clinic in Nilai.

While most netizens expressed outrage over the survey, some have defended it.

Urging netizens to think positive, Paulina Henry PH agreed that the survey was "ineffective and unsuitable" for young children.

But in a Facebook posting, she said: "It might look indecent to our culture, but have we ever thought of the findings of this survey? You might be shocked to know some things not being shared by our teenagers."

She said, as a teacher, she had come across a 15-year-old student who has had three abortions.

Another netizen Haryati Mohamad said the survey was uncalled for, adding that the pupils involved were too young.

The state health director Dr Zailan Adnan said the questionnaire was part of a survey that had been going on for about three years. She said it actually was an early intervention programme.

She said: "But the pupils are supposed to be gathered in a class and then given the questions. The officer is supposed to be present to assist any pupil who has queries."

She added that "parents would be surprised by some of the findings"

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