Regardless of political opposition to sex education, about 68% of boys and girls in schools want adolescence education, revealed a study to be released today. The students however wanted sex education from someone other than their class teacher, according to the study conducted by the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education. The study was carried out in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and in a few slums of Bangalore. Based on sex education imparted in schools in the last five years, it found that students were not comfortable asking their class-teachers sensitive questions about sex. In schools where adolescence education was delivered, about 91% students in urban areas and 95 per cent in rural areas said the decision to have a baby should be made by both partners in a marriage.
A significant number of girls who had been through the programme said they would decline to have sex without a condom and oppose sexual abuse. It was also found that the number of girls are coming forward to obtain knowledge about sexually transmitted diseases increased from 27.9% in 2003 to 42.3 % in 2008. Class 10 students, the survey said, who had been through the curriculum, were able to reject common misconceptions about masturbation and HIV. But class 11 students, who had not studied sex education failed to do so. Girls in class 10 were able to understand that the contraceptive pill did not protect them from sexually transmitted diseases and HIV.