IN­TE­GRA­TION OF CSE IN SUB­JECTS, EX­TRA-CUR­RIC­U­LAR AC­TIV­I­TIES

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

REGINA G. BERMUDO

The De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion is now work­ing on up­dates and im­prove­ment of pol­icy guide­lines on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Com­pre­hen­sive Sex­u­al­ity Ed­u­ca­tion (CSE) in­te­grated with sub­jects and ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties.

Ac­cord­ing to the DepEd, it is im­por­tant to in­te­grate sex­u­al­ity ed­u­ca­tion lessons in pub­lic el­e­men­tary and high schools to curb the in­ci­dences of teenage preg­nancy, pop­u­la­tion growth, and sex­ual dis­eases.

In an in­ter­view over TV re­cently, an of­fi­cial of DepEd said they want CSE in­te­grated with ex­ist­ing sub­jects, as well as in the dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties in school.

The DepEd is­sued the CSE pol­icy guide­lines last year with the aim to en­sure that learn­ers re­ceive com­pre­hen­sive and ap­pro­pri­ate in­for­ma­tion that can ad­vance gen­der equal­ity and em­pow­er­ment.

Teach­ers, school prin­ci­pals, and other ed­u­ca­tion stake­hold­ers are ex­pected to make teach­ing and learn­ing more rel­e­vant, mean­ing­ful and use­ful to learn­ers through the pol­icy guide­lines.

The top­ics would be in­te­grated in such learn­ing ar­eas as Aral­ing Pan­lipunan, Phys­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and Health, Sci­ence, and Per­sonal Devel­op­ment.

For in­stance, in the sci­ence sub­ject, where parts of the body are dis­cussed, the con­cept of pri­vacy, ha­rass­ment, and good re­la­tion­ship can be in­te­grated. In a way, val­ues ed­u­ca­tion comes in.

Ac­cord­ing to the Philip­pine Sta­tis­tics Au­thor­ity 2017 Na­tional De­mo­graphic and Health Sur­vey, over­all, 9 per­cent of women aged 15 years to 19 years have be­gun child­bear­ing: 7 per­cent have had a live birth and 2 per­cent were preg­nant.

The pro­por­tion of teenagers who have be­gun child­bear­ing rises rapidly with age, from 1 per­cent at age 15 years to 22 per­cent at age 19 years.

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The au­thor is Teacher II at Dau El­e­men­tary School

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