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Malaysia to Give Sex Education to Primary School Pupils

November 16, 2010

In the past week, Malaysia has introduced plans to teach sex education to primary and secondary students. Just days after the government announced that secondary school pupils will receive the instruction beginning next year, Deputy Education Minister Wee Ka Siong said, "We want to also give primary school students aged between six and 11 years a better understanding of family values and how to protect yourself from high-risk behavior. Together, the lessons in primary and secondary school provide a comprehensive sex education curriculum that will help to reduce promiscuity, unwanted pregnancies, baby-dumping, HIV infection, and other social ills." In conservative, Muslim-majority Malaysia, authorities and the public have been alarmed by the proliferation of baby-dumping. While 79 such cases were seen last year, the number this year had already hit 70 by mid-September. The nation's first "baby hatch," at which mothers can safely and anonymously abandon newborns, was introduced in May in Kuala Lumpur. In September in central Malacca state, Malaysia premiered its first school for pregnant teens.

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Adapted from:
Agence France Presse

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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