2 city schools pilot sex education-A A +A
Thursday, January 10, 2013
TWO Iloilo City public schools were selected to pilot the comprehensive sexuality education and population development education program approved by the Department of Education (DepEd).
The program is a joint undertaking of DepEd, City Population Office and the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP) in providing high school students of Melchor L. Nava National High School in Barangay Calaparan, Arevalo and the pupils of Calaparan Elementary School the entry point for learning of sex education and population development.
Brayant Gonzales, national youth coordinator of FPOP, said the teaching module were embodied in the elementary and high school subjects such as social studies, science and technology and other school subjects readily absorbed and understood by the students.
The program in elementary school starts at Grade 5 until high school.
In a stakeholders’ forum on sexuality, population and development education initiative held on January 10, 2012 at the DepEd conference room along Mabini St., parents, students and teacher were given the chance to give their reactions to the program.
Principal Delia Tenjico of Calaparan Elementary School and Principal Azucena Tigaronita of Melchor L. Nava National High School gave their reactions and testimonies to the prevailing problem on teenage pregnancy and the advocacy measures of the community in disciplining the situation.
Gonzales said the joint undertaking is expected to minimize the teen pregnancy in the said barangay, reportedly having problems with the youths indulging in premarital sex.