THE RELEVANCE OF SEX EDUCATION FOR THE YOUTHS IN THE PRESENT EDUCATIONAL DISPENSATION

Educational Dispensation

ABSTRACT

This paper was designed to look into the relevance of sex education in secondary school curricula in Delta State, Nigeria. The study was to compare the attitude of teachers towards sex education. It focused on the attitude of both male and female teachers towards sex education both at home and in the school system and the influence of their educational status on it. It also investigated if there is a significant difference in the attitude of teachers towards the relevance of sex education due to educational status.  Educational Dispensation

Two hypotheses were formulated to guide the study, and it was a descriptive survey design. The target population consists of public senior secondary school teachers in Delta State, Nigeria. A simple random sampling technique was adopted and a chi-square statistic was used to analyse data gathered in the study and from the findings, it was revealed that there is significant difference in the attitude of teachers towards the relevance of sex education due to gender, and that there is significant difference in the attitude of teachers towards the relevance of sex education due to their educational status or attainment. It was therefore recommended that sex education programmes should be held for young people in secondary schools to help their self-worth, sense of responsibility, understanding and acceptance of diversity and sexual health. Educational Dispensation

INTRODUCTION

Human sexuality has biological, emotional and physical or spiritual aspects. The biological aspect of sexuality refers to the reproductive mechanism as well as the basic biological drive that exists in all species, which is hormonally controlled. The emotional or physical aspect of sexuality refers to the bond that exists between individuals, and is expressed through profound feelings or physical manifestations of emotions of love, trust, and caring. There is also a spiritual aspect of sexuality of an individual or as a connection with others. Experience has shown that adolescents are curious about some or all the aspects of their sexuality as well as the nature of sexuality in general, and that many will wish to experience their sexuality. Educational Dispensation