‘No MoE response to introduce sex education in schools’
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Brunei Darussalam AIDS Council is still keen to work together with the Ministry of Education in introducing reproductive health education as a school subject, despite not getting any response from the authority.
The council’s president, Iswandy Ahmad, said there had been no action from the ministry after their meeting to introduce sex education into the curriculumlast year.
“The council thinks that it is the perfect time for the ministry to introduce moral guidance through reproductive health education subject in schools when the country is about to implement the first stage of Syariah Penal Code 2013 next month,” he said in an interview.
He added that reproductive health education is important to be included in the school curriculum, but it must adapt to Brunei’s setting and adopt international practices at the same time.
Iswandy said sex education or reproductive health education is not about sex, but acts as guidance to youngsters especially those aged 12 and 19.
He reiterated that it is crucial for the programme to be introduced at secondary schools as it is the time where adolescents start to be aware of their bodies and sexuality.
“It is also the time when everything is confusing for them, thus it is appropriate to start teaching them about aurat, understand their body parts and human desires.
“The teachers can later introduce other subjects like munakahat (marriage and family laws),” he added.
Iswandy said the council is aware that the ministry may not have the capacity to introduce the subject in all government schools, but the council is keen to help by offering to train school counsellors.
Last Friday night, Iswandy was giving a short talk to around 20 Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) students at a Happy Programme (HIV Awareness Programme for Peers and Youth) aimed at increasing awareness about HIV-AIDS among youths.
The programme also aimed to assist the target group to make right choices.
He said youth are being targeted for education and HIV awareness programme because research had shown that HIV cases were more prominent for those aged 20 and 29.
The Brunei Times