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MPs have called for sex education to be taught in schools

MPs have called for sex education to be taught in schools

Members of parliament push for sexual education to be taught in public schools in order to better educate teenagers for the difficulties that come with sexual engagement.

The high rate of unintended pregnancies, HIV/AIDS infections, and other sexually transmitted diseases outrages lawmakers. Legislators have pushed the state to provide sex education in schools as a means of addressing this problem, which poses a serious risk to teenagers.

Representative Njeri Maina of Kirinyaga County introduced the resolution and urged the federal government to have the State Department of Basic Education include comprehensive training on sexuality, health, and wellbeing in the curriculum of important subjects.

Because they believe that if sex education is taught in schools, young people in this country will be exposed to sexual behavior at a younger age, some lawmakers do not believe there is a pressing need for comprehensive health education.

Phelix Odiwuor, a representative from Langata, supported the notion but questioned what it meant to be “comprehensive” and what other issues it addressed.

Requests for comprehensive sexuality education to be implemented in Kenyan institutions in 2021 were denied by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD).

Civil rights organizations had prioritized educating students about HIV and other STIs, contraception, and ways to prevent unwanted births in schools.

However, Jacqueline Onyango, the Senior Deputy Director in Charge of Curriculum and Research Services, indicated that this idea was ruled out because such practices would be considered a violation of a child’s constitutional rights under Kenyan law. The Curriculum and Research Services are under Onyango’s supervision.

Children in primary and secondary schools are regarded as juveniles by KICD, and as such, it would be unethical to tell them about contraceptives because they lack the legal ability to decide for themselves whether or not to agree sexually.

According to Kenya’s constitution, such knowledge is improper for children between the ages of 10 and 17, according to the Kenyan Institute for Child Development (KICD).

The Kenyan Institute for Child Development (KICD) has insisted that it has worked to incorporate sexuality education relevant to Kenya into the elementary and secondary curricula in Kenya.

Onyango asserts that “sex education is actually incorporated into our educational system; for example, when they are young, we teach them about the parts of their bodies; when they are in upper primary, we teach them about reproductive health; and as they progress, the lessons become more complex.” “Sex education is actually incorporated into our educational system.”

According to a report ordered by the previous president Uhuru Kenyatta, more than 160,000 young women between the ages of 10 and 19 became pregnant or married during the COVID-19 lockdown.

A nine-month closure order was issued for educational institutions after COVID-19 was found in the middle of March 2020. The report made an effort to analyze the effects of this choice.

More than one-third of Kenyan youths between the ages of 15 and 19 have engaged in sexual activity, according to the findings of a 2017 survey by the research and policy organization Guttmacher Institute.

Approximately one-fifth of people are currently sexually active. The majority of sexually active, unmarried adolescent females wish to avoid getting pregnant, even if only 4 out of 10 of them choose to use modern contraception.

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