Friday, 4 June 2010

Palace to DepEd: Consult bishops first before teaching sex education

http://www.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2003604&Itemid=2

Manila (PIA) -- The Department of Education (DepEd) should first hold a dialogue with bishops before including sex education in the curriculum of elementary and high school students this school year, a Palace official said on Wednesday.

The agency should consult and clear issues first with the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) before implementing its plan to teach sex education in schools, Executive Secretary Leandro Mendoza said in a press briefing on Wednesday.

He added that the DepEd has to address the CBCP’s reservations on teaching sex education, especially to elementary pupils.

The CBCP on Tuesday renewed its opposition on the teaching of sex education in schools, saying that it is the responsibility of parents and guardians to teach this to their children.

However, Education Secretary Mona Valisno has consistently said that the DepEd is determined to include sex education in school’s basic curriculum, even down to the elementary level.

Mendoza advised Valisno to hear the opinion of all stakeholders before proceeding with the department’s plan. He added that Malacanang will depend on issues to be presented before it makes it stand on the matter.

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