On 10th March the secretary of education, Justine Greening announced that sex and relationships education will be compulsory in all schools in the UK. Greening said that students in primary school from the age of four will learn about healthy relationships, while students in secondary school will be given appropriate lessons about sexual intercourse and relationships.
In a written statement, Ms Greening said, “Sex education is becoming increasingly out-dated since it was introduced in 2000.” She also said it is the right time to address the issue.
However, parents have been allowed to take their children out of lessons if they feel that the child is not ready for sex education. The Department disagrees with this because it doesn’t want children to be out of school, and not learning valuable lessons that could benefit them in the future.
The website Debate.org has found that 36% of parents in the UK believe, “It is inappropriate to teach children about sex.” Meanwhile 64% of parents agree it should be taught, and some parents said, “Children have a right to know about sex.”
What I think
I agree with the new law because it will help children understand how relationships should be. Also, it is a good idea that parents can take their children out of class, if they don’t want their children to learn about sex education at the age of four. They may feel that their children are not ready.