Make sex education mandatory in school curricular – University Don to policy makers


An expert on Adolescent and Reproductive Health Counselling, Dr. Olufunmilayo Osakinle has urged policymakers in Nigeria to make sex education compulsory in schools following increased teenage pregnancies and rape of girl children.

Osakinle said exposing children to in-depth knowledge from the cradle of education would help them escape cases of sexual molestations that could befall them in adolescence.

The Professor said this in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday while delivering the 60th Inaugural Lecture entitled: Girl Child: Guidance For a Better Tomorrow’, at the Ekiti State University, EKSU.

The university Don said to save Nigeria’s future, the legislature must enact a bill that would make sex education compulsory, saying the country cannot fold its arms and allow children be defiled through sexual exploitations.

“Apart from that bill that will be passed into law, the teachers should objectively pass knowledge to children sex, devoid of any religious or cultural colouration and harassment to the children.

“Also in addressing the shortcomings of uneducated parents, who shy away from giving sex education to their girl children, there should be a provision of daycare and parenting centres for those parents”, she said.

Osakinle canvassed the organisation of regular seminars, workshops and conferences to keep girl children abreast of their sexuality, to be able to cope in any hostile environment.

The Professor added that while the government is busy finding ways to solve the problems of teenage pregnancy, rape and defilement, parents should also play their part, by asking their girls questions relating to sex.

Meanwhile, the EKSU Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Eddy Olanipekun, advised that it was worthwhile for parents to invest in the education of girl children, saying this remains one of the best ways to protect the integrity of any nation.

“This lecture was well researched and has relevance with what is happening in our environment in this present time”, Olanipekun said.



“Let me also tell my colleague Professors that we are in the day of technology, some of you can deliver your inaugural lectures online, in view of the current Coronavirus pandemic, this is now allowed because research works can help solve some of our national and local problems”.

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