Four States Turn Down Sex Education Content
New Delhi, Aug 13 (UNI) At least four State governments have declined to implement a sex-education programme for secondary and higher secondary classes, the Central government acknowledged in Parliament today.
Reasons for refusal are not uniform, Minister of State for Human Resource Development M A A Fatmi said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, adding that the main cause for opposition has been ''some of the material for use under the Programmme.'' Fatmi said this was the feedback with the National Council of Educational Research and Training on the Adolescence Education Programmme for secondary and higher secondary classes.
He said the Programmme was launched in collaboration with National AIDS Control Organisation to ''empower'' adolescents to make informed choices and develop life skills to address health, psychological and socialconcerns.
He said Gujarat decided not to implement the Programme, Kerala decided to review its content, Maharashtra is reviewing the content and Rajasthan has decided not to implement it in the present form.
The decision to go ahead with the programme was taken after seminars attended by ''stakeholders,'' he said.