South Africa: Yes, Sex Education Please, We're in School


Whether we like it or not, most difficult conversations on sex education do not take place in the home. That's why responsibility now rests on schools to act as substitute parents.

The purpose of this article is not to comment on what went wrong in the process between the national Department of Basic Education and role players such as teachers' unions. I was also not consulted by the department, but that does not mean I don't have an opinion.

Gender violence

I would like to repeat what I said recently on RSG radio station: the current debate on whether sexual counselling should take place at school, and thus should be included in the school curriculum or not, requires quiet reflection and a calm approach. This article is primarily about what should be taught to our children and whatnot. My focus is thus purely taken from a curriculum viewpoint.

The debate follows on the written sex education lesson plans currently being tested by the Department of Basic Education in about 1,500 schools. According to a statement, the idea is to make learners "more aware of gender violence".

South Africa has recently been hit by a spate of gender violence with especially...

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