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Bangalore, Apr 30: Despite pressure from the Centre, the Karnataka Government has decided not to introduce sex education in elementary and secondary schools, Higher Education Minister D H Shankaramurthy said here today.

Addressing a press conference, he said this decision had been taken after the issue was discussed with Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy.

''The contents of the sex-education book, issued by Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry, had some portions which were vulgar.

These pages can not be opened in front of anybody,'' he said.

Indian tradition had given enough importance to sex in social life and also set its own parameters. Though, the Centre's concerns were understandable, it better leave the matter to state governments as they were vested with the discretionary powers to choose school curriculum, he said.

The Minister said state government decided to open 104 Government First Grade Colleges in 66 taluk centres, where government colleges did not exist. In these places, private colleges were found collecting higher fee from the students.

''A sum of Rs one crore has been allocated for each college to develop infrastructure and Rs 15 lakh each had already been released. All colleges will start functioning from coming academic year. We are considering opening another 20 colleges in the coming days.

''Donors are welcome to contribute minimum four acre of land to set up the colleges'', Minister added.

  

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  • Prakash, New Delhi

    Sat, Sep 29 2007

    I strongly disagree with karnatka's decision on sex education. Sex education should not be compulsory in schools. NO doubt it is necessary for every one but it should be not be compulsory in schools. Other modes should be used to educate youngesters about sex. These days in most of schools co-education is prevalent.And in India we are not prepared for it.

    You see in most of our cities rape and sexual harassment cases are more frequent and increasing in spite of strong social stigma against it in india. Women are not secure  anywhere. This is fueled by the media when it propagates obscenity/ nudity carelessly. And when we compel our school children to discuss sex in class with persons of opposite sex it will lead to social problem.It will increase unwanted pragnancies also.

    Few days back we have seen the cases of rape of school girls by their school boys.The problem will be aggrieved if we compel school girls to discuss the sex with boys in classroom. We should also advocate for the values and find safe way for it. In advanceced countries also there is problem of unwanted pragnancies. We should not oppose sex education but we must find safe way for it. We should also see the side effects of our actions.

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