There has been a demand to ban sex education in schools altogether following the explicit exercises that Yuva, the new handbook on sex education, prescribes. But schools in Delhi say that while the manual needs to be reviewed, children ought to know about sex. The sooner, the better.
Even four-year-olds, it is felt, need to be aware of their body parts and know the difference between right touch and wrong touch. “If we can talk to children about their eyes and ears, why can’t we tell them about their private parts in a normal, natural way?” asks Dr Neena Gulabani, director, Anubhav Learning Centre.
A teacher from Tagore International School says sex education will also protect children from abuse. “Children must be made aware. But this education should be age-specific — subtle for smaller children and detailed for seniors,” says Gauri Ishwaran, principal, Sanskriti School.