Let's talk about Sex Education

Let's talk about Sex Education

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Since the DepEd has issued the Policy Guidelines on the Implementation of the Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) or the DepEd Order No. 31, series of 2018 (DO 31).

Let’s talk about Sex Education, shall we?

When we hear Sex Education, the act of ‘sex’ is what comes to mind and ‘education’ is often disregarded. With our country being very religious they are against the thought of teaching Sex Education, sex being a sensitive topic.

But what is Sex Education?

Sex education refers to formal programs of instruction on a wide range of issues relating to human sexuality, including human sexual anatomy, sexual reproduction, sexual intercourse, reproductive health, emotional relations, reproductive rights and responsibilities, abstinence, contraception, and other aspects of human sexual behavior.

Sex Ed should be taught in high schools to dismiss common myths about sex that teenagers hear from the old ones. In revealing the different misconceptions about sex, we learn that teenagers believe:

1. A girl cannot get pregnant by vaginal intercourse as long as it is her first time.
2. You cannot get STDs through oral sex.
3. Teenage boys know more about sex than girls do.
4. That you cannot get pregnant if you have sex while standing.


Recently, the Department of Health announced a plan to distribute condoms to high school students to address problems such as pre-marital sex, teenage pregnancy and the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs). And was met by harsh criticisms of the ‘conservatives’ in our society saying that it encourages the youth to engage in (pre-marital) sex since these condoms are like declaration that they can do the deed not worrying since they won’t get STDs or have their partner pregnant.

"Studies clearly show that's not the case….It does not promote sex, but helps delay sex. They can do it much more responsibly – that's the key difference there." – Klaus Beck

Also the issue to the conservative people here is whether the youth are mature enough to understand the nature of sex. But maturity is not totally the cause of concern here, it is the fact that these teenagers, these students are not educated enough.

In addition with having Sex Ed, teenage pregnancy can be reduced. They say numbers don’t lie. According to the most recent National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS 2017) from the Department of Health (DOH), 9% of women from the age of 15 to 19 have already started childbearing.

Early pregnancy and motherhood varies by education, wealth quintile, and region. It is more common among young adult women age 15 to 24 with less education than among those with higher education (44% for women with elementary education versus 21% for women with college education). Early childbearing is also more common in Caraga (38%) and Cagayan Valley (37%) than other regions. The proportion of young adult women who have begun childbearing is higher among those classified as belonging to poor households than those in wealthier households (37% for young women in the lowest wealth quintile versus 13% for women in the highest wealth quintile).

Would the people in our society have us ignorant on something religiously “taboo” such as sex? Knowing that the lack of education on this matter is only adding fuel to the fire. The more that a child gets curious, the more likely he/she will have sex to sate his/her curiosity.

Rather than the “curiosity kills the cat” it becomes “curiosity gets the girl pregnant”.

Having Sex Education does not encourage the youth to have sex rather it is there to provide knowledge about the subject matter.

Knowledge is power and having understanding of what sex is, how it works and the consequences, the dangers that comes with it can help in the decision making process of a teenager on whether to engage in sex or not to.

 

 

 

REFERENCES:

Sex Education Should be Taught in Schools. (2015, Nov 17). Retrieved from https://studymoose.com/sex-education-should-be-taught-in-schools-essay

https://psa.gov.ph/content/one-ten-young-filipino-women-age-15-19-already-mother-or-pregnant-first-child-final-results

https://www.k12academics.com/sex-education

 

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