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A sex GCSE is soon to be included on the national curriculum.

In Prime Time News, Readers Choice on September 18, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Schools to teach ‘sex GCSE’

A new government-funded qualification in sex education, run by the Northern Council for Further Education (NCFE), is to be piloted in nine schools across the country for the first time this year, with plans to extend it throughout the UK.

Students will be able to gain a D-grade equivalent should they sign up to the course, which has been designed to raise awareness of concerns such as sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs), relationship problems and contraception.

A sex GCSE equivalent could soon be taught in all schools in the UK A sex GCSE equivalent could soon be taught in all schools in the UK

Suzanne Cant, spokeswoman for the NCFE, noted that such education should be featured on the curriculum for all young people.

‘The latest figures show teenage pregnancy rates are falling, but not falling at a fast enough rate to meet government targets,’ she remarked, going on to add that diagnoses each year for STDs are in the hundreds of thousands, a figure that is constantly increasing.

This module takes nine hours to teach and is being aimed at teenagers not yet ready to take their GCSEs, quizzing them on the names of sexual organs and asking them to detail two suitable methods of contraception for young people.

It follows reports that British girls as young as 13 are to be offered the contraceptive pill in an attempt to reduce underage pregnancy rates, with pharmacies Boots and Lloyds involved in the scheme.

A sex GCSE is soon to be included on the national curriculum. | Metro.co.uk.

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