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FOR SA stands by concerns about sex-education curriculum
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Freedom of Religion South Africa (FOR SA) says in a press statement today that it remains concerned about the revised Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) curriculum.
In a recent media statement the Department of Basic Education (DBE) says that no new content has been added to the Life Orientation subject in schools and that “a certain organisation” — apparently a reference to FOR SA — is causing “unnecessary confusion and panic” by misrepresenting the curriculum.
Responding to the DBE media statement, FOR SA says that instead of acknowledging its failure to consult with key stakeholders, the department is deflecting attention from “the graphic visual and descriptive content of the curriculum”, examples of which can be seen on the FOR SA website.
It says its simply-stated concerns remain:
- That neither parents nor teachers, as the primary stakeholders, were adequately consulted;
- That parents must be given sight of the CSE materials before these lessons are taught;
- That parents, as those primarily responsible and entitled to educate their children according to their own values and beliefs, have the right to decide what is (or is not) appropriate when teaching their children about sex and sexuality; and
- That parents’ decision in this matter must be respected by allowing them to withdraw their children from CSE classes without sanction.
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