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Experts ask FG to include sex education in school curriculum

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A professor of Reproductive Physiology from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Prof. Okanlawon Onagbesin, has called on the Federal Government to include Sex Education in curriculum Nigerian schools so as to give thorough sex education to the young ones. 

Prof. Onagbesin stated that sex education should be taken seriously especially in schools, saying in one way or the other, it would assist  a child in making the right choice of a future partner.

Speaking in Abeokuta on Saturday at the luncheon of a book titled "I'm A Lady Now", Onagbesin said 'sex education' as a course should be introduced alongside the conventional subjects including Biology, Physics, Chemistry and others.

"Sex education is very essential, not only in Nigeria but all over the world. When a programme like this comes up, the health sector should pick it up and help to disseminate the information to schools.

"I am not sure if the level of sex education is high before now, but this is the time to really instill it in schools so that teachers, possibly psychologist, can help to introduce this kind of courses.

"Introduction of sexual education will enable and equip a child from a young age, before growing into young adult, to make an informed choice in the selection of a right partner." he said

Also speaking at the event, Rector, Yaba College of Technology, Engr Obafemi Omokungbe, berated that majority of students often mismanage situations when faced with challenges of life due to lack of adequate information.

He added that this lack of information result sometimes to irreversible situation in life, poor performance in academic work, poor choice of friends and even life partners. 

"Sex education is the provision of information about the body development, the functions, sexuality and building of relationships," he said.

He charged parents, teachers and guardians to ensure that they give their children or wards appropriate information at every stage to ensure a well-balanced adulthood. 

The author of the book who is also a medical doctor, Dr. Opeyemi Adeyemi, said she was inspired to write the book because of the lack of knowledge of young women about their reproductive health. 

"I was doing  my NYSC and then I realised that most young ladies don't know anything about their menstrual health, some of them don't know their menstrual cycle, some of them didn't know what is molestation. I believe a book like this will not just empower teenage girls on their journey to womanhood but also improve their reproductive health as a whole," she said

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