PEOPLESPEAK: Let’s not ssshhh... it up

Sex education at the elementary school is a taboo issue in our society. However, it would not be prudent to remain blithely ignorant about subjects that might have horrible consequences. Sex education in elementary schools doesn’t necessarily mean that it would be unavoidably and indecently explicit. In fact this kind of education can be as decent and have positive implications as any other subjects included in the school curriculum. There are many reasons why sex education needs to be included in the elementary school curriculum. It can be the best way to control the scourge of AIDS, to help reduce premature pregnancy and promote the overall sexual health of students. — Nitu Kedia

The slew of sex in films and soaps cannot be considered as the perfect medium of knowledge for children, because it has more negative impacts than positive. Since most of what is shown

in films and soaps are rather indecent, it has nothing to do with sex education. Thus, the best way to educate children is to incorporate sex education in the school curriculum. — Smriti Basnyat

Sex education in the school curriculum has become a necessity, because visual media has been salacious in their presentation of sexually explicit issues. Generally films and soaps don’t deal with core issues like AIDS or other scourges that affects the physical health of an individual and the society as a whole. Only if sex education is included in the school curriculum

can children be made aware about sexual issues. — Narayan Sangam


Sex education is a must in school curriculum in today’s society. This will help children learn about healthy sex and sexuality, and acquire proper knowledge on this matter. Films and television revealing more about sexual relationships and increasing exposure are not enough (perhaps not even right) for our children. In fact, TV and sexual exposure in films might actually be misleading our children. Our children need to know and understand the pros and cons of such relationships, for which formal sex education is a must. — CP Singh Chhetri

Children are increasingly being exposed to vulgarity in television and soaps, which unfortunately only fuel their curiosities about it. Without a comprehensive understanding of sexual issues, it can only have negative impact on children. Sex education incorporated in the school curriculum helps in providing adequate knowledge so that they are aware about their sexual health. This will also be an effective tool to address problems as pre-mature pregnancy

and sexually transmitted diseases. — Indu Satyal

Though, we’re more open about sexual issues than in the past, most of us still have queries, doubts and illusions on the subject of sex and sexual relationships. People knowingly or unknowingly invite the scourge of sexually transmitted diseases because of lack of adequate knowledge on the matter. Early marriage, unwarranted pregnancies, abortions, and of course, rape cases are the results of the same. To cope with this menace, nothing can be as effective as inclusion of sex education in academic curriculum. — Chin Bahadur Lama

Films and television do not absolutely replace academic learning though they aid in imparting sex education to a certain extent. It is necessary to include sex education in the academic curriculum to help raise awareness on the use of contraceptives, effective methods of avoiding sexually transmitted diseases and premature pregnancies. In order to spread sex education in every nook and corner of the country, nothing can be as effective as incorporating sex education in school curriculum. — Chhabilal Chhetri

Due to taboo attached with the issue of sex, children blithely remain ignorant about it and moreover, also because most parents are reluctant to divulge the matter before their children.

Besides, the barrage of skin show in films and soaps only deprave young minds rather than educate them. Nevertheless, children shouldn’t be barred from watching films and television and also at the same time provide them enough space to get sex education through school curriculum. — Anup Paudel

Although explicit exposure of sex in the films and TV is formidably increasing, it hasn’t been able to address core issues about the physical, moral and social implications of sexual behaviour. These depictions of sexual relationships solely pivot around the story for which it is meant and rarely has any educative value attached with it. Besides having a negative impact and corrupting children, they have no other value worthwhile. Therefore, it has become extremely essential to introduce sex education in school curriculum. — Abish Regmi

Children are getting a healthy dose of ‘adult’ fare through films and soaps but that hardly suffices for their lack of awareness. Inclusion of sex education in our academic curriculum is essential, which not only equips them with proper understanding of sexual issues but also prevents them from the hazards of sexual promiscuity. — Niresh Joshi

We don’t see things as they are but as we are. The sex lessons imparted and gained through films and television aren’t enough to enlighten children about the different facets of sexual behaviour. The inclusion of sex education in the academics uncovers the truths about sex and also makes children talk positively about it. In addition to this, no matter how smart the children are, a slice of additional information isn’t harmful as such. — Sabeena Maharjan

Films and TV Soaps have crossed the threshold of decency, in a name of imparting sex education. Although, such things have captured the interest of a specific age group it’s time for us to know whether it’s in any way helpful. Sex education doesn’t merely mean to learn how to smooch. Rather it covers a wide range of information including the sexual disorders, including the methods of preventing and curing them. — Parash Mishra

Shhh! is the synonym of sex in our society. The truth is that no matter how hard the elders try to keep off the subject often considered to be a taboo, it only fuels the curiosity. I strongly feel that sex education should be a part of our academic curriculum and help raise awareness

about sexually transmitted diseases. The only way to spread awareness is through healthy

interaction. Above all parents should be supportive stop taking sex as a taboo subject. — Shradha