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Bishop fears sex education will be used to advance RH bill

by Redjie Cawis

Baguio City (19 June) -- A church leader here is apprehensive of the objectives of the inclusion of sex education in the school curriculum.

Bishop Carlito Cenzon of the Vicariate of Baguio-Benguet is worried about the inclusion of sex education in the normal subjects of the pupils and students in the elementary and high school level.

Cenzon said that he is very much concerned of what the teachers would be teaching the students on the sex education subject.

"I have only questions, what are they going to teach? How are they going to teach this?" Cenzon said.

The Bishop is also concerned of the contents of textbooks. It may contain materials on contraception and abortion and this is very much against the Roman Catholic Church, he said.

The methodology also should be considered since it is a very sensitive matter, he added.

The church leader has apprehension that the sex education might be used to advance the controversial Reproductive Health Bill in Congress.

Department of Education Regional Director Josefina Tamondong said that the church and other sectors should not worry with the inclusion of sex education in the curriculum since it has been integrated in some subjects like science such as biology and anatomy for high school.

In pre-school, sex education is knowing one's gender and young children discover being a boy or a girl. In high school and elementary, the study of the reproductive system and the human body is really not new to the students.

Tamondong clarified that sex education is not teaching sex perse inside the classrooms and this should be understood by those who oppose to it. (PIA) [top]

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