Thursday, 15 May 2008

Sex Education For National Service Trainees

If sex education was really that important, why should only a select few receive it?

Not all school leavers are selected for National Service.

Or is this just an excuse to continue with the obviously flawed concept of National Service that we have?

Malaysia considers sex education in national service for high school graduates

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Malaysia's government may institute sex education for some high school graduates, a turnaround in this conservative Muslim-majority nation.

Authorities are considering teaching sex education to teenagers when they undergo national service after leaving school, Abdul Hadi Awang Kechil, director general of the National Service Department, said Wednesday.

Ng Yen Yen, the minister who announced the proposal, was quoted by the national news agency, Bernama, as saying that sex education, including lectures about preventing AIDS, could shield youngsters from unhealthy activities. Ng's aide confirmed the minister made the comments Tuesday.

Tens of thousands of boys and girls who are typically 17 or 18 years old are selected at random each year to participate in the government's national service training.

The three-month mandatory program aims to instill discipline and patriotism through community service, military-style physical training in jungle camps and other activities.

Sex is often a sensitive subject in Malaysia, where unmarried couples can be fined for kissing and hugging in public.

The Cabinet approved guidelines to teach sex education in schools two years ago, but activists say it has not been implemented. Officials had suggested teaching students how to protect themselves from sexual predators, reckless behavior and sexually transmitted diseases.

Adeeba Kamarulzaman, president of the Malaysian AIDS Council, said Wednesday that students receive inadequate information about sex in public schools, which generally only teach basic facts about reproduction during science courses.

Sex education classes in national service could prove useful because many school teachers are too embarrassed to expound on sex-related topics, she said.

"Better late than never," Adeeba told The Associated Press. "It's a good opportunity. They are at the right age to be receiving this kind of education."

Bear in mind that no village idiot should be teaching sex education. Least of all, trainers at the camps who have molested and sexually assaulted trainees before.

But if there aren't even qualified doctors on board, would it be reasonable to expect qualified teachers?


Corinne Ai Ying said...

I've recently reread articles posted by Malaysian bloggers about 2 years ago. Remember the hoohaa regarding fines for Malaysians holding hands/kissing in public when a few non-muslim couples got fined? I wonder what happened to that issue and would like someone to address it again. When I returned to Kuala Lumpur a month ago (I am currently overseas), I recall seeing numerous couples in KLCC park doing the "unthinkable". How silly of the Malaysian government. And I read something about 'letting foreigners off with a warning' if they were caught doing the same thing. How about mixed couples?

I'd like to see them try fining people. So showing affection is not "malaysian"?

Crankshaft said...

Fining people for holding hands is random posturing by the BN (babi negara) to show that their Islamic credentials are still in order.

They got their publicity, though it may have earned them their simple (and not 2/3) majority in parliament.