Church Gay Sex Education Fears

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Church Gay Sex Education Fears


Byline: By LUCY BALLINGER Wales on Sunday

Welsh schoolchildren could be taught how to have safe gay sex as part of the curriculum, putting politicians at loggerheads with religious groups. In a massive review of sex education, pupils will be surveyed by Welsh schools' inspector Estyn about what they would like to be taught. And if the kids recommend it, they may get lessons in how to practice safe gay sex starting in 2008.

Teachers in Wales can currently talk about homosexual relationships in sex education lessons but it is not part of the curriculum.

Last night, a spokeswoman for the National Assembly confirmed sex education in Wales is under review and changes will be influenced by the survey.

There is no set age to begin sex education in Wales and, while it is at the discretion of each primary school, it is not compulsory. Last night, it was unclear if primary children would be included in the survey.

An education spokeswoman for the Assembly said: 'The main vehicle for delivering sex and relationships education in Wales is the Personal and Social Education Framework. A revised framework is due to be introduced from September 2008 as part of the review of the whole Welsh curriculum.

'Young people's views on the sex education they receive will feed into the review of the framework. This review and the children's views could change what we are doing in terms of sex education at the moment.'

But Chris Hess, chairman of the Association of Christian Teachers in Wales, said he would not be happy teaching children about homosexual relationships.

'We would have great reservations about any material that promoted alternative lifestyles as opposed to traditional heterosexual relationships,' said the Burry Port teacher.

'I would certainly feel very uncomfortable having to teach something that I didn't believe.

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