Sex education should include kindergarten, says Cabral
Manila (4 June) -- Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral on Friday stood by her proposal that sex education should be taught at kindergarten.
The Secretary said sex education should be taught as early as kindergarten and not when one has been impregnated already.
But she instantly clarified that the 'sex education matter' in kindergarten level should be limited only to information about human bodies and not to include sexual acts.
Cabral said that a child at early age of 3 should already have appropriate sex education particularly information satisfying their curiosity about different parts of their body.
She also underscored the importance of readiness of both teachers and parents to answer any queries of children regarding sexuality and how they came about.
Cabral also pointed out that children, especially girls, should be educated and learned the dignity of the human body saying that they should know that their private parts should not be touched by any other individuals.
Earlier, Executive Secretary Leandro Mendoza has advised the Department of Education (DepEd) to conduct consultations first with religious groups, who go against the proposal before pushing through with its plan.
DepEd is going to start sex education this schoolyear on a pilot test program to students in grades 5 and 6, and high school in some public schools.
DepEd Secretary Mona Valisno said sex education will be integrated in subjects such as science and values education and that the experimental program will be implemented in 79 public high schools, and in 80 public elementary schools nationwide.
According to her, the pilot testing will be based on materials prepared by experts, psychologists and educators that DepEd commissioned and this will appropriately cover certain grade level and age. (PIA SarGen) [top]