No Children Having Children: Inclusion of Sex Education in School Curriculum

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We, the first-year undergraduate students from Block 4131 of De La Salle University, are apprehensive about the spike in the number of students dropping out of school due to teenage pregnancies. The PSA’s Annual Poverty Indicators Survey showed that school dropouts have reached more than 2.97 million, 61.9 percent of whom are girls aged 16 to 24 who are forced into marriage or family matters. With this, there is an urgent need for proper sex education in schools, that will not only prevent underage pregnancies but inform students as well about issues related to sex and sexual health. It is considered important to society because each individual should be well-informed about sex, sexual practices, STDs, and sexuality.

We eminently demand the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education on the implementation of the Reproductive Health Law in both the public and private school curriculum. Proper sex education in schools can play an active role in curbing the incidence of abuse. Through this medium, children will be able to learn about sexual health in school rather than letting them suffer the consequences that will ruin their bright futures.