New Zealand: Sex Education on the Agenda for Adult Students

Beginning next year, foreign-born adults attending Auckland's Concordia Institute will be required to take sex education. School leaders made the decision after finding many of the students had been taught little or nothing about sex in their native lands. The instruction is necessary to help them "cope with the new-found freedom of living away from the controls of their parents," said Isaac Phua, the facility's director. "Lack of sexual knowledge is especially true for students from Asia, where formal sex education is not a norm at schools and where the topic is generally taboo," he said. "It is dangerous when the only sex advice they can get is from their peers."