UK student protests against school’s sex education
The UK government has proposed to make sex education compulsory in primary schools, after students held a demonstration calling for more information about sexual health and safety.
The government says the move will ensure all students receive an “informed consent” before accessing the internet.
Students from a local primary school protested against the proposed policy on Tuesday.
They said their school is not a “safe space” for young people, and that their school was being forced to “sell out” its ethos and values.
The protests were part of the UK Government’s new anti-bullying campaign.
The proposed change, which will come into effect in 2020, will make sex ed compulsory for primary schools starting with primary school age students.
The new policy will also make it compulsory for secondary schools, but it is not clear if any will be required to include sex education.
It is the first time the UK government is forcing students to attend a sex education class, and the move is likely to spark protests from some parents.
Some parents have criticised the move, saying it is a violation of students’ privacy and that it is putting them at risk.
The Government says the school is trying to “improve the safety of all students”, and the Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, said the move was a response to “the growing evidence of the damaging effects of sexual exploitation”.
She said: “We will make sure our schools are places where students are safe and are encouraged to explore sexuality, to understand what it means to be transgender, to discuss sexual health, and to learn how to be more compassionate and respectful.”
“But, we also recognise that the school’s ethos and identity is deeply embedded in the history of our country, and our schools should not be used to perpetuate harmful views.”
The new proposal follows a series of similar proposals across the UK.
The proposals were met with anger from parents and campaigners.
A spokesperson for the National Union of Teachers said:”These proposals are unacceptable.
The proposal would place the wellbeing of our students at risk and place them in the shoes of young people who are currently under the impression that the very concept of sex education is dangerous.”
We are not in a position to comment on individual schools and schools are expected to comply with all the UK legislation on consent and confidentiality.
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