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Between tradition and modernity : controversy in India about the sex education programme in state-run schools


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Abstract: In 2007, a number of state governments passed orders banning an adolescent sex education programme designed for 15-17 years in all state-run schools. It was devised by the National Education Ministry and the government body responsible for combating the spread of HIV/AIDS – the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO). The immediate provocation was a manual for teachers that allegedly featured offensive illustrations and classroom exercises. Information in the curriculum on contraception and sexually transmitted diseases also provoked anger. One by one, the states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Kerala, Chhattisgarh and Goa – some of the largest Indian states – declared that the course content was unacceptable and banned the programme. To combat the mounting criticism, the Government of India set up a review committee that reviewed the programme and assessed the situation. Committee members travelled to states to visit schools and talk to teachers, young people, parents and NGOs. Another committee reviewed the training materials – the manuals – assessing their content and cultural sensitivity. As of now, a new toolkit is being developed. The findings from these committees will determine the future of this programme in India.
Authors: Motihar, R.
Country: India
Category: Policy
End Page: 15
Serial number: 1
ISSN: 1871-7551
Journal: Exchange on HIV/AIDS, sexuality and gender
Keywords: HIV and AIDS , disease prevention and control , education
Language: eng
Organization: KIT - Royal Tropical Institute
Year: 2008
Region: South Asia
Right: © 2008 KIT
Subject: Health and Nutrition
Start Page: 14
Title: Between tradition and modernity : controversy in India about the sex education programme in state-run schools