As it stands there is currently no sex ed in the Malaysian education system at any level, only the dubiously named ‘Moral Studies’, which is a different thing entirely.
There was a debate on the radio this morning as the government are currently discussing implementing sex ed in schools, so the viewers phoned in with their thoughts.
Obviously it’s a good idea and it’s long overdue, there is a lot of sex crime in Malaysia, although that is a different subject entirely, and one I shall address another day.
Kids need to be educated, I think in some part there should be two levels of sex ed, one for young kids, so they know what is right and wrong, so they know when their ‘Uncle’ touches them like that it’s not right.
Then later on at early teens, the normal birds and the bees, contraception, safe sex, responsibility and the biology of it.
As someone who called into the radio station mentioned, the general Malaysia teachers are not equipped for such a thing, and it shouldn’t be considered part of the curriculum as it’s not an academic subject. As in UK it’s provided by outside experts a couple of times per semester, in UK we have something called the Family Planning Association[/url] with trained counsellors (it’s the place you go to get free condoms, sexual health checks, enquire about contraception, the morning after pill and so on).
The ‘lessons’ we had were quite graphic with slideshows of sexually transmitted diseases including such horrors as genital warts and fungal infections. Plenty enough to make you go ‘ewww’
The talks were given by experts, you can split it into areas and the classes should be open to debate, not the typical student-teacher heirarchy, kids needs to ask questions and really understand this stuff, not go along believing old wives tales and whispers from the playground.
Subjects that can be covered would be sex itself and the biology, sexually transmitted diseases, contraception, moral and emotional issues, law (age of consent, statutory rape etc.) and so on.
I think Malaysia needs to go ahead with this, but it needs to approach it properly, and make sure it’s implemented correctly, it doesn’t need to be another typical ‘all-talk’ Malaysian effort, which amounts to nothing in the end. This is an important subject.
Partially I feel there is also a problem with parenting, the asian culture being less open to discussing things like sex, did you parents talk to you about the birds and the bees? Or did you learn from friends and on your own? (Pun intended).
It’s a subject that needs to be discussed, that should not be taboo and that kids growing up and experienced hormones need to understand and be comfortable with so they can make the correct, informed choices.
We also had a drugs talk towards the end of highschool, which I think is also a good thing. The police came along with all the different drugs and explained what they were, how much they cost, were they came from, what the effects and dangers were and the legal ramifications for posession, supply or use.
Anyway just my 2 cents as usual 🙂 Feel free to add your own opinion.