Sex education in new syllabus
The Council of Boards of School Education in India (COBSE) has proposed the
introduction of sex education in Class 10 and 12 new syllabus. The state
boards — West Bengal Board of Secondary Education and West Bengal
Council for Higher Secondary Education has welcomed the move. The boards have also started preparing the draft syllabus for this.
The COBSE has notified that sex education will be implemented by all the
state boards from Class 9 till Class 12. The members of COBSE observed
that there is a growing need for sex education as the present generation
are affected due to misinformation and various types of complication and
illegal issues. Hence, it is important to make the students aware. President of the WBCHSE and the state representative, Muktinath
Chatterjee echoed the same views.
According to the sources of the council, sex education will not only be
a part of the science subjects but also included in the syllabi of subjects like education, sociology and psychology. Suggestions from the
experts of the syllabus committee will be taken to come up with a reframed syllabus. However, examination will not be taken on sex education.
Earlier during the Left Front government, the state school education department had implemented life-style education which
flopped badly. The classes dedicated for the life-style education were
either converted in PT classes or games classes. The board authorities
are unsure about the spontaneity of the teachers teaching in the co-ed
schools. But the proposal has been immensely appreciated by a large section of
the civil society. Actress Rituparna Sengupta said, “It is a bold move
by the school boards as the adolescent need to be enlightened with the
larger aspect. This would also help to reduce the crime rate among the teenagers.”
Sohini Sen Gupta said: “Since I teach in a school, I would appreciate if teachers are also properly
trained in teaching sex education. With the implementation of this, it
will also clear the misinformation among the youth.”
Sex Education in India
Educationist and Experts say that the sex education in India is quite different
from in the West because it is 'legitimate' here for young people to
have sex. According to the National Family Health Survey conducted by
the International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS) and Macro
International in 2005-06, 12% women aged between 15-19 years are mothers.
The survey said that one in six Indian women aged 15-19 starts to have
children. Dr Sunil Mehra, director of the MAMTA Health Institute for
Mother and Child, says, "Youth in India needs sex education more than in
any other country since child marriage ensures that you not only have
sex at a young age, you also have teenage pregnancy."