- Parents and even schools have joined in the widespread outcry over the planned changes to the curriculum
- Dubbed the 'School Sex Education' or the 'Sex Curriculum', the changes have given rise to many a complaint and even some petitions
- Briefly.co.za looks at the facts behind the situation in a bid to understand if the smoke matches the fire in this debacle
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The proposed changes to the curriculum, which had initially been reported to include teaching students about sex as early as Grade 4, has had Mzansi up in arms.
While the hype was understandable before any concrete signs of what the subject matter contained, this has now changed.
After the widespread criticism, the government elected to prematurely release the contents of the Life Orientation sections that were given a more modern facelift.
Instead of teaching students as young as 9 how to have sex, the curriculum at this stage very modestly touches on personal space, respecting one's body, respecting the bodies of others and what to do if one feels violated.
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The most offensive parts of the entire curriculum were as vanilla as naming genitals, which is amusing when one considers most people born on this planet possess them.
Even when one takes a look at the older grades such as Grade 11 and matric, it becomes abundantly clear that students are taught the basics in an enlightening but informative way.
A glance at the Department of Education's website gives some insight into the extent the negative reaction has caused damage to a perfectly innocent, if not necessary update:
“CSE is not sex education. CSE does not teach learners how to have sex. CSE does not sexualize children. CSE does not only focus on the physical relationships nor does it teach behaviour and values that encourage bad choices.”
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