Liberals in England are pushing for sex education classes to be taught starting at the age of seven. The proposed sex ed curriculum would be made “age appropriate” for the children The Guardian reports.
Education minister David Laws said, "We have long made the case, both inside and outside government, for updated sex and relationship education to be taught in all schools, including academies and free schools, but it is not something the Conservatives are open to. We believe that by educating children about sex and relationships in an appropriate way, we can help them to make informed choices in their personal lives."
Domestic abuse activists hope that the new curriculum would have an effect on students’ relationships later in life.
Seema Malhotra, Labour's shadow minister for preventing violence against women and girls, said, "Violence in young relationships is a huge issue, as is preventing violence in future relationships. Only through ideas like compulsory sex and relationship education can we tackle the root causes of domestic abuse and give young people the tools and support they need to make informed decisions about their own lives."
English Conservative have spoken out against the young sex ed classes.
Publication date: August 26, 2014