Thursday, 20 June 2013
Why Are Politicians So Hung Up On Sex Lessons?
The number of pregnancies in girls under 16 in Scotland is higher than most other western European countries. For all the money thrown at the problem it has failed to decline.
However, Holyrood's Health and Sport Committee, chaired by Duncan McNeil, thinks it has the answer. It recommends that 'from the earliest age possible' sexual health and relationship education should be provided. In theory the lessons could be taught in nursery classes.
The committee is also proposing children as young as 13 should be provided with contraception.
It's acknowledged the present approach has made little difference to the problem. Perhaps if the age for sex lessons was increased rather than lowered, there may be a chance for children to have a childhood. Surely our politicians should be more concerned with ensuring every child leaves school numerate and literate.
I've put a poll in the side bar in case anyone wishes to express their opinion.