This project is aimed at finding out the
importance and prospects of teaching sex education in junior secondary school
in Egor Local Government Area of Edo State. The concept of sex education, the
importance who to handle the course and the enviable qualities that are
expected to be possessed by the teachers who are to teach the course in schools
and the effect who are to teach the course in schools is not introduced into
the curriculum where highlighted in chapter one and two. The main research
instrument for data collection was questionnaire, which was administered to
students in the selected secondary schools. Five research questions were
formulated to focus the researcher’s attention on certain issues, based on the
analysis of the data collected; it revealed that the awareness of sex education
will make students to be responsible to their family and the society. That it
should also be taught to boys and girls, it also teaches that sex education
helps to reduce the rate of fatherless babies and which the society will
greatly benefit from. It was also discovered that sex education will not cause
poor academic performance among students instead; it has positive effect on the
moral behaviour of the student. The researcher finally discovered that sex
education is highly needed in junior secondary schools. After a thorough
research, findings on this topic, the researcher concluded that parents,
teachers and the government should work hand in hand to help the school
students of this situation.
Background of the study
Statement of problem
Purpose of the study
Significance of the study
Scope/delimitation of the study
Limitation of the study
Definition of terms
Validity of the instrument
Administration of instrument
Result and interpretation
Discussion of the findings
BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
An important but most undermined phenomenon that has ploughed the society for
many years is sex education. This phenomenon is so complicated that people have
different view about it. These differences bring tolerance in security among
some while it creates problems in some other ethnic groups where discussion of
sex is taboo.
Sex education is one of the major determinants of future stability in families
of any nation. It is a comprehensive and systematic development programme
extending from infancy to maturity. It is planned and directed to produce
social and moral desirable sexual attitudes, practices and behaviour; Calder
wood and Sloan (1982).
Sex problem have had a very devastating effect on the individual in our society.
Some people have wrong idea about sex education. This is not surprising
considering the fact that many old people have their respective point of view
In a society where boys and girls admitted into the same school creates
problem of physical problem and emotional involvement, which eventually results
in arousing sexuality. This anxiety created in them; make them jump into this
game of uncontrollable emotion.
In this chapter, the researcher intends to have an overview of terminologies
associated with sex before dealing with the scope of this study. Sex e3ducation
is the instruction about sex and human sexuality which children are supposed to
receive but many parents do not instruct their children about sex at all.
With the greater freedom of discussion of sex in our society and the early
maturity of children today. One would consider the introduction of sex
education to our teenagers too early, the introduction of proper sex education
to our youth or teenagers reduce many of the society problems that are facing
Correct and relevant information should be given to teenagers about the changes
and development they observe in their bodies during the period of maturity. The
girls develop breast and pelvic bone broaden etc. these start about the age of
twelve years (12) while the boys sexual organs matures, their chest widens and
their larynx enlarges. This period in teenagers is very crucial in the life of
an individual and many frustrations may occur during this stage such as school
dropout, sexual immorality, juveniles delinquencies to mention a few.
Gone are those days when sexual matter was hidden from children. They are
expected to be given information about sex so as to break through the desire in
them so that they will not go astray.
Sex desire can lead to sexual immorality which can result to unwanted
pregnancy. Most unmarried teenagers who have babies are carried away by sexual
feelings and emotional desire. This can lead to abortion, sexually transmitted
disease and so no.
Religious groups and a taboo to the generality of the society consider sexual
intercourse between two persons who are not married wrong. It can result to
unwanted child, psychological problem for person involved.
The need for the teaching of sex education in junior secondary school in Egor
local government Area cannot be overemphasized. This is because of the influx
of people from different ethnic groups into the locality. Egor local government
area has not only increased in population and also in size. The need to
actualize these sexual feelings becomes the evident when students are among
themselves. But the forceful preventive warning of the parents only saves them
temporary check on sexual tendencies amongst these youth. With the children
sent to secondary schools and no true knowledge of sex education, a lot of
problem easily comes into play as the students jump this game of uncontrolled
emotional. As a place for the dissemination of knowledge, secondary school
become the local point for introduction of sex education, since present
generation involves itself in promiscuity and corruption, there is the need for
them to be taught what sexual relationship is with this, a lot of changes will
occur in the life’s of the students, parents and the community at large.
According to Calder-Wood and Sloan (1982) the World War II marked the
liberation of many attitudes about sex as well as the beginning of change in
behaviour, leading individuals all over the world to advocate for children. The
child study association of American in the 1920s led the way towards an open
approach to all topics including sex education. Through more emphasis was
placed on reproductive education since then, the concept has enlarged.
Today sex education encompassed a wide range of biological, sociological
knowledge. Today there is the awareness of the need for sex education in
schools, churches and other institution of the growing concern over teenage
pregnancy, Abortion, Venereal diseases, increased promiscuity, wide spread
marital and sexual difficulties.
Calder-Wood and Sloan (1982) both agree that traditionally, parent were chiefly
responsible for the sex education of their children. Community agencies and
religions bodies later joined the team but these groups of people were
inadequate. Finally sex education became integrated in schools since they could
reach the largest segment of the population as well as teaching sex education
more objective teachers are being trained in the higher institution of learning
all o0ver the world in order to teach sex education
Moreover, the knowledge of sex education will reduce threat of
causality which would have resulted from illegal procurement of abortion by
quack doctors, presently, sex education programme have been integrated into
several secondary schools; education programme.
Therefore sex education should be given to children at any
developmental stage because the foundation laid in the early life of the
children will determine then stability and quality of their married life.
Sex education should be given to the teenagers through their
parents, teachers, counselors and educators. It should also be introduced into
secondary schools for teenagers of both sexes with this introduction alone, a
lot of changes will occur in the life of the students, parents and the
community at large.
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM
This study intends to emphasize the need for the introduction of
sex education into secondary school and also to investigate, if sex education
has positive or negative effect on students. Ignorance of sex and its problem
is prevalent among secondary school students. The lives of students are
shattered. With the passing of incorrect information among themselves, they get
misled by others. Young people regard sex education as a fun rather than what
it really is. They see it as a persona and private affair of the participants
which is not really about sex education.
The problem resulting from the lack of sex education to our youths is numerous.
They are unwanted pregnancies increase in abortion, high incoherence of sexual
transmitted disease and high rate of sexually promiscuity. All these have led
to inability to concentrate, poor school performance, rate of school dropout,
increase in illiteracy and over population, consequently, the educational
opportunity of Nigerian youth is greatly affected and these posses a great lost
on the society. To behavioural scientist, the introduction of sex education is
proper, despite the increasing sexual problems is parents and schools are still
not providing teenagers with proper knowledge of sex education.
Many administrations have been greatly worried about the appropriate level at
which sex education can be introduced. Who should teach sex education, what to
teach and who to teach? It should however, be realized that sex education, if
properly given does not arouse morbid curiosity but exactly the opposite to
young people. The misinformation secrete, misinterpretation and fables about
sex functions lead to dangerous consequences, therefore, information about sex
education teaches and give an insight understandi8ng of sex functions.
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY
The purpose of this study is to know the relevance of sex education as a course
in the school curriculum. The study also aim at finding out how sexual problem
influence students. It would also educate the student to know that sexual
relationship is an implication of sex promiscuity.
The purpose for this study knows the positive and negative effect it has on
students. It is also aimed at knowing the benefit it has on students and the
society at large. It is also to seek and find out the various ways in which the
teaching of sex education can be taught who to teach it and the goals to be
achieved from teaching sex education.
This study will add to knowledge especially when the study is based on sex
education. With the highlighting of this study, it opens the eyes of the
educational administrators and the curriculum planners to know the importance
of sex education as a course to be introduced with the curriculum so as to
enlighten the teenagers and the society at large.
The outcome of this research programme will enable the readers to identify the
need for teaching sex education in junior secondary schools it is hoped that
through the findings, the various misconceptions on the issue of female sex
education will be corrected. There can be nothing more damaging to effective
sex rejection than shame, embarrassment, untruthfulness, no timidity about sex
Solving the issue of sex education teaching in junior secondary school in Egor
local government area will go a long way in improving on the health of every
individual or students school performances, population growth and therefore
improve the standard of living in the society.
The research questions that are required for the purpose of this
study include the following:
1) Is sex education relevant as a course
to be taught in education?
2) Are there trained personnel to handle
3) Of what benefits is sex education to
the pupils, students and the society at large?
4) What effect will the introduction of
this course have on the moral behaviour of the students?
5) Will the introduction of this course
make student become juvenile and dropout from schools?
study like this embraces all areas but the researcher cannot cover all the
scope therefore, the researcher selected three (3) secondary schools in Egor
local government area of Edo State and a sample of teachers in the selected
schools and parents. Sex education is a very broad topic. It is necessary for
everybody not just student or adolescents, however. This is limited to the
teaching of sex education in junior secondary school curriculum.
DEFINITION OF TERMS
SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE: Disease contacted through sexual
intercourse e.g. HIV, AIDS
SEX: A fundamental driving force in relationship between the
biological needs to produce curture, influence, love, affection etc. in human
SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP: These also has something to do with having
canal knowledge of both sex or each other
SEX ORGANS: Structure responsible for reproduction e.g. penis in
male and vaginal is female.
EDUCATION: This is the act of acquiring knowledge, skills,
attitude that intends to produce a positive result. It is a process of changing
the behaviour of a person.
PROMISCUITY: In discriminate sexual relationship that occur
outside marriage life.
TEENAGERS: This is the stage of development in human being between
SEX EDUCATION: This comprises of the knowledge of male and
female anatomy or part of the body the basic process of human reproduction and
development sexual intercourse, consequences and responsibility,
contraceptives or pregnancy, prevention and where or how to get counseling.
ABORTION: Process of terminating pregnancy.
PELVIC: Hip bones
TEACHING: This is the act of impacting knowledge, skill, attitude,
morals in order to be useful in the society.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY
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