CBCP lawyer says sex ed modules are "corrupted," will cause "developmental harm" in children

Describing the sex education modules as "corrupted," Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines lawyer Josephine Imbong said the manner the modules are presented "will only cause developmental harm to young people," reports GMANews.tv. She said the modules would teach children to bypass their parents and religion.

Photo taken by GMANews.tv from the appendix of the sex education module about puberty for fifth graders.

Pointing to drawings of the male and female anatomy in a module meant for fifth graders, she said, "[It will] remove their sense of modesty... [It suggests that] it’s okay to expose the body. Dati, reproductive system. Ngayon, reproductive rights. Noon, biology lang. Ngayon, may rights-based na. It leads now to a concept of a young mind, ’Ah, may right pala ako sa aking katawan.’"

The modules integrate adolescent reproductive health into the curriculum of students from the fourth grade to fourth year high school. Imbong said, "Imagine, you construct an algebraic equation out of statistics telling you that 30 percent of teens from 16 to 18 years old have had premarital sex?" I mean, this goes to the subconscious of the child na, ’Uy, ang dami pala.’"

In contrast, Beth Angsioco of the Reproductive Health Action Network said, "[The modules] are too careful. If you look at the data with regard to our young people there’s no question that young people are getting active at a young age. We did a survey a few years back. There was an affirmation from young people themselves that they would want balanced, objective, non-judgmental education about sex."

The Department of Education and CBCP continue to clash over the sex education modules which are "nothing new" according to GMANews.tv. It was almost five years ago that the DepEd, under then Sec. Butch Abad, first ordered sex education implementation. However, Abad’s successor, Jesli Lapus, tapped the Presidential Council for Values Formation to review the sex education modules in 2005. His successor in 2010, Mona Valisno, ordered the pilot testing of the modules. New Education Sec. Bro. Armin Luistro, who assumed office on July 1, has yet to express where he stands on the issue.

Eighty elementary classrooms and 79 high schools are set to pilot-test the teaching modules. At the end of the school year 2010 to 2011, teachers from the participating schools will recommend modifications and decide on the nationwide implementation of sex education.

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