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.
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.
IGNORANCE IS NOT PRESERVING INNOCENCE.
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