Let's get TALK­ING

With baby dump­ing re­ported to be on the rise, YB Han­nah Yeoh (Deputy Min­is­ter of Women, Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment) has con­cluded that it's caused by the lack of sex ed­u­ca­tion in schools.

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YB Han­nah Yeoh is ad­vo­cat­ing for sex ed­u­ca­tion aware­ness pro­grammes to be con­ducted out­side schools. Here's what some par­ents and stu­dents have to say about this. “I agree with giv­ing sex ed­u­ca­tion in school, pro­vided the gov­ern­ment en­sures the ap­pointed party is able to con­duct the pro­gramme with the right qual­ity and con­sis­tency. Be­fore start­ing, I think par­ents should be given a pre­view of the con­tent, so that they can be as­sured that this is suit­able and ben­e­fi­cial. Shroud­ing things in se­crecy be­cause of em­bar­rass­ment or shame is no way to pro­tect our chil­dren.


In or­der for them to make the right de­ci­sions, they need to be fully in­formed on what sex is, as well as the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and con­se­quences. Chil­dren will feel it’s safe to open up any­time, and can ap­proach re­spon­si­ble adults as their first choice, rather than re­sort­ing to other un­de­sir­able sources (in­ter­net and pornog­ra­phy) to learn about it.” – Sue Yee, mother of two sons

“I only re­mem­ber be­ing taught about the fe­male body in bi­ol­ogy classes. It would be help­ful to at­tend sex ed pro­grammes as it’d teach kids what they’ll go through dur­ing pu­berty – men­tally and phys­i­cally – so they wouldn't freak out about their bod­ies chang­ing.” – San­dra Soh, 17

“I was not given any sex ed­u­ca­tion but I know more or less what it is from the peo­ple around me. We should have sex ed­u­ca­tion, so that we’re more aware about what safe sex is and the health is­sues that come with be­ing sex­u­ally ac­tive.” – Ju­lia Ramli, 17

I agree to hav­ing faith-based sex ed­u­ca­tion pro­grammes out­side of school. Those who do not be­lieve in any re­li­gion can opt for ei­ther Chris­tian-based or gen­eral sex ed­u­ca­tion. ” – Anne Tan, mother of four daugh­ters

“While I did have sex ed­u­ca­tion in school, I think at­tend­ing pro­grammes on the topic out­side of school will give teenagers more knowl­edge. I sup­pose it's im­por­tant to learn about the re­pro­duc­tive or­gans for both sexes, prepa­ra­tion be­fore cop­u­la­tion, morals and ethics, the value of re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, and the pre­ven­tion of un­planned preg­nan­cies.” – Ash­ley Juan, 17

I re­call a ‘No Apolo­gies’ (a char­ac­ter-based ab­sti­nence cur­ricu­lum by Fo­cus on the Fam­ily) talk back in high school that sug­gested we make a pledge (by choice) to keep our­selves pure un­til mar­riage. It was quite cute as we were told to keep one copy of the pledge for our­selves and an­other for the per­son we trust – to keep us ac­count­able – which, in my case, was my mum. More than that, how­ever, was aware­ness of the con­se­quences of sex be­fore mar­riage. That's what I wanted to find out and un­der­stand more deeply! – Ber­nice Chee, 22

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