Girls and boys reaching the age of puberty undergo several changes, both physical as well as psychological. These changes leave lasting impressions on their personality. They have number of queries, doubts as well as misconceptions about sexuality. In the absence of proper guidance, these confused children collect inadequate, misleading and incorrect information from whichever source they can avail including material available on streets, blue films, internet, fake doctors and so on. This leaves long-lasting impact on their future family life. Studies conducted by prestigious institutions like The Family Planning Association of India and others have shown that in our times the age for sexual contact between boys and girls has come down to 12 – 14 years, while the age of sexual intercourse has come down to 15 – 18 years.
We find that the number of incidences of sexual abuse of women has increased significantly throughout the state. In many of such cases the offenders are under-aged minor boys. We firmly believe that in order to stop the violence against women, in order to prevent sexual misbehaviour as well as for sowing the seeds of healthy and equal Man – Woman Relationship, sex education is immensely significant.
For us, sex education does not mean making children learn about sexual organs, reproductive health or sexual problems in a disjointed, scattered manner. Instead, it is a process of orienting adolescent youths towards a healthy approach about their own sexuality as well as that of the others. It is life-skill education that will equip the students to develop mature and meaningful relationships.
In order to make such education available to students at a state level, a committee of experts was constituted by the then School Education Minister Mr.Vasant Purake in 2007. The committee met 2-3 times, before the dismissal of the cabinet. Since then, the state has had two new governments; however, the expert committee on sex education has not yet been formed.