Nigeria has introduced sex education in schools. In spite of the different views or opinions when it comes to addressing sex education in the syllabus, modern day issues have constructively pushed for its inclusion in the school system. The proposal to introduce sex education to Nigerian school systems is a sign of the demise of poor perception of sexual health. With a consistently transforming society, education and awareness play a key role in guiding not only our children but future generations.
To aid in the growing population of the nation, sex education has been introduced with the aim of sensitizing students in Nigeria on the key issues that affect society. From sexually transmitted diseases to unwanted pregnancies, it is undisputed that the curriculum is set to project a positive approach in dealing with issues that have put a stop to some students’ education and search for greener pastures. While to some parents the introduction of sex education to the curriculum is taboo and indicates a deterioration of the norms, other parents are of the opinion that their children will now be safe from ignorance.
The curriculum dictates that students should be aware of where to project their affections. Not only should they be aware of the place but also acquaint themselves with the suitable conduct of conveying affection. Such expressions include shaking hands, hugging, as well as holding hands in public. The curriculum also illuminates the need for students to understand the importance of being aware of various situations in which they may find themselves. To some parents like Mr. Ahmed Akanbi, the introduction of sex education in schools seems like the last nail in the moral coffin. However, in everyday society we see various potential disruptions and what could be termed obscene influences. These are some of the major issues that have led to the introduction of sex education to the Nigerian school system. The curriculum is set to do more good than harm. Children must be taught the realities of life and how to discern situations that may negatively impact their health and their lives.
The government of Nigeria has cited its support for the introduction of sex education in Nigerian schools. According to the government, comprehensive sex education is vital to the well-being of the students. While a number of parents in Nigeria stated that the inclusion of sex education in the syllabi will benefit students, other parents cited that this would promote immorality in the society. Teachers hold a different supportive opinion of the same subject with a majority stating that the proper facilitation of sex education will be constructive to the students’ well-being. Other parties, such as school proprietors, have shown disinterest towards the inclusion of sex education to the syllabi. According to Samira Jubir, parents should support their movement towards the undoing of sex education in the curriculum.