Kerala adules sex

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Even this revised module is yet to receive the mandatory approval from the curriculum committee. “This is the first time the Government has launched a comprehensive adolescent education programme for the entire nation, but now we can hope to deal with the issue only a superficial level,” points out P. Alphonsa, who is in-charge of the programme at SCERT. Earlier we had joint families that enabled children to share their concerns with elders with whom they were comfortable with.Addressing anxieties “People should realise that sex education is a necessity. The arrival of nuclear families has foreclosed that option,” she says and adds, “Boys are comparatively the disadvantaged lot, as girls tend to speak more to their parents, especially their mothers.

It is like handing over a torch to them to show the path ahead,” says Amar Fettle, a paediatrician involved in the life skill development programmes of the State Departments of Education and Health. “Instead of switching channels and preventing children from viewing an advertisement on safe sex, for example, parents should engage them in a healthy and informed discussion on the topic.

To think that children will automatically gain information about sexuality and sexual behaviour is foolish,” says Dr. Mariam Thomas, head of the Department of Gynaecology, Kottayam Medical College Hospital, too emphasises the need for imparting ‘age appropriate’ sex education for children.

She says that the number of Medically Terminated Pregnancies (MTPs) or abortions among adolescents at the hospital has more than doubled from eight cases in 2005 to 19 in 2006.

A majority of the adolescents were students in the age group of 15 to 19 years who had been outside the State for higher studies. Thomas believes that the number could be even higher.

Sangeeth Kurian The society in general might be experiencing an information overload, but there is practically no responsible channel of communication between society at large and the adolescent population on sexuality and sexually transmitted diseases.

Here is a survey of the scene against the backdrop of the controversy generated by the Centrally initiated ‘Adolescent Education Programme.’ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: When a counselling centre in Thiruvananthapuram recently undertook a survey on the awareness of high school and higher secondary school students about sexuality and related physiological issues, only 8 per cent of the 452 participants in the survey could give a correct answer to the question ‘What is HIV?

’ A 15-year-old even described ‘HIV’ as an institution!

The survey, undertaken by Thrani, in select high schools and higher secondary schools in the capital city, is perhaps indicative of the abysmal level of awareness among adolescents on matters relating to sexuality and sexually transmitted diseases, despite HIV being a topic in their curriculum.“There is an abject lack of awareness among students on matters related to sex and HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus),” says Mary Hazel Thomas, coordinator, Thrani.

“Teachers often skip the topic in schools arguing that it would degrade their worth as educators,” adds K. Jayaprakash, health inspector and resource person, Kerala State AIDS Control Society, who has been conducting awareness classes on AIDS at schools in Kannur and Malappuram.

MHRD initiative The move by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development to introduce the topic in schools from the beginning of this academic year through the State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT), under the euphemistically titled ‘Adolescent Education Programme,’ has generated much heat and dust in Kerala what with certain student organisations and church leaders offering stiff resistance to it on the contention that the programme module will lead to .moral decadence’ and ‘sexual anarchy.’The module launched in association with the National AIDS Control Organisation was proposed to be implemented after suitable modifications in Classes IX and XI covering over 4,000 high school and higher secondary schools in the State.

However, following the controversy the module has been revised again, watering down the ‘controversial’ sections relating to the process of growing up.

The focus of the programme has also been shifted from sex education to life skill development.