CPPCC Members Recommend Comprehensive Sex Education

  • March 11, 2014
  • By Li Wenjie
  • Editor: Sophia Zhu
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CPPCC Members Recommend Comprehensive Sex Education
CCTV anchor Hai Xia [baidu.com]
Members of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee Yili Suya and Hai Xia have suggested making sex education part of the compulsory education curriculum during the ongoing second session of the 12th CPPCC in Beijing.

In recent years, numerous "sex" related criminal cases have occurred and shocked society. Yili Suya, who was former Director of the Office of Ethnic and Religious Committee of the CPPCC, and Hai Xia, a China Central Television (CCTV) anchor, believed that this is due to the lack of sex education in the current curriculum.

According to a 2010 report from Peking University Population Research Institute which surveyed more than 20,000 15- to 24-year-old unmarried adolescents, 22.4 percent of young people had sexual experiences, the pregnancy rate was 21.3%; while the research team at Peking University with a survey sample of 20 million students showed that 5.9 percent of high school students had sexual experiences, 44.6 percent of which were involuntary. The National Adolescent Reproductive Health Survey Report released by the National Health and Family Planning Commission showed that in 2013 there were up to 13 million abortions. The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention released figures showing that in recent years, 90 percent of new HIV infections are through sexual encounters.

Yili Suya said that sexual abuse against children is also on the increase. The status of marriage and childbearing is worrying. Gender inequality is still a very serious problem in China.

However, China has no sex education in school and very few teachers are qualified to teach health classes. Furthermore, the understanding of sex education is very backward. Comprehensive sex education should include protection measures against sexually transmitted diseases.

Yili Suya therefore proposed establishing a sex education curriculum, and to make clear lesson arrangements. The Minister of Education should make sex education part of the compulsory education curriculum and actually enforce it. Teachers need to be trained.

Publishers and authors should produce high quality sex education text books based on the education guidelines.

The most important step would be to establish and improve the supervision mechanism of sex education assessment. Education authorities should promote sex education and guide teachers, educational administration administrators, parents and the community to recognize the importance of education for the healthy development of children. To ensure the quality of education develops and improves, the supervision mechanisms should utilize scientific criteria and undergo reasonable assessments.

(Women of China)

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