Advantages And Disadvantages Of Sex Education

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Where the safety and health of children is considered to be of paramount importance, India is still closing its eyes on the practical aspects of life. Reproduction is a natural life process which is carried out by all living beings but talking about it or imparting knowledge about it is embarrassing. It is considered to be immoral as it pollutes the minds of children. With the increasing number of child sexual abuse, the educationists demanded for sex education as a separate subject in the curriculum. With the view to generate awareness and inculcate necessary skills among adolescents and youth, a scheme for adolescent education programme in the school curriculum was promoted by the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) and the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, which led to a major controversy in 2007. The ardent opponents argued for a ban on starting sex education in schools on the ground that it corrupts the youth and offends ‘Indian values’. They contended that it may lead to promiscuity, experimentation and irresponsible sexual behaviour. On the contrary, the proponents argued that conservative ideas have little place in a fast modernizing society like India, where attitudes towards sex education are changing rapidly. As a result of this controversy, several Indian states including Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Goa declared that the course content as suggested by
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