Schools should be compelled by law to teach sex and relationship education, according to a youth organisation which provides sex education.
A Scottish Parliament committee is to consider a petition from Sexpression:UK.
The group said Scotland had a high rate of teenage pregnancy, sexually-transmitted infections and homophobia.
The Scottish Parliament Information Centre said local authorities were mainly responsible for sex education.
The petition calls on MSPs “to urge the Scottish government to introduce comprehensive sex and relationship education (SRE) into the Scottish education curriculum and make it statutory for all schools to teach”.
Jack Fletcher, advocacy representative at Sexpression:UK and an Aberdeen University medical student, is to appear before Holyrood’s Public Petitions Committee.
“At present, there is no statutory SRE in the Scottish education system,” Mr Fletcher said.
“I feel very strongly that this is an area that needs vast improvement and that legislation should be passed for comprehensive high-quality SRE to be taught as statutory in schools at primary and secondary level, with age-appropriate measures taken towards content.
“This is a priority because although teenage pregnancy has fallen greatly in recent years, the rates in Scotland are still one of the highest in Europe.
“Sexually-transmitted infections are still rife due to lack of contraception use.”
“Homophobia is rife in schools and this is an issue that needs effective confrontation, of which education is key.”
He added: “Consent is a huge area of ambiguity and this only adds to sexual violence, rape and verbal harassment.
The organisation claimed that nearly a quarter of schools had no SRE-trained staff, while three-quarters of denominational schools would not discuss contraception.
In advice to MSPs, the Scottish Parliament Information Centre said only religious education and Gaelic instruction in certain regions of Scotland were enshrined in law.
“Rather than being set out in statute, the school curriculum is established through guidance issued by Education Scotland,” it said.
“The Scottish government note that responsibility for sex and relationship education lies primarily with local authorities.” (emphases added) Source
You can watch Jack Fletcher give evidence to the Public Petitions committee live or on demand at BBC Scotland’s Democracy Live website.
As if brainwashing children via the media into thinking that they can’t even buy a tube of toothpaste without thinking whether or not it will attract the opposite sex, and as if the media preoccupation with sexual matters hasn’t already sexualised children big time, the sexperts now want even more power over young minds and souls. Any teacher of religious and moral education will tell you that the subject is never far away from the surface in Scottish classrooms as elsewhere. So, should we see this latest move to force-feed the young with sexual matters as a particularly sinister development? DOES compulsory sex education equate to institutionalised child abuse? I’m only asking the questions – you provide the answers, please and thank you!