An official of the Saint Lucia Planned Parenthood Association has defended sex education among secondary school students, in the face of criticism that it could encourage them to become sexually active.
The association’s Programme Manager, Geralda Bray, was responding to questions posed to her in an interview with the Times.
“I have been working in this organization for over ten years and we have officers working in secondary schools around the Island and we have never encouraged young people to be sexually active or to engage in sex,” Bray told the Times.
“Our positon has always been that school children should wait,” the Saint Lucia Planned Parenthood official explained.
However she noted that young people who are already sexually active need information to protect themselves.
Bray disclosed that the association gives general information on safe sex practices, sexually transmitted diseases and how to prevent infection.
She told the Times that ‘credible’ research has shown that having information about sex does not increase sexual activity.
Bray asserted that in a society where incest is prevalent, sexually explicit material is readily available and some parents encourage their children to engage in sex for financial gain, there is need to equip youngsters with information to make wise choices and to know what their sexual rights are.