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MPs call for compulsory sex education in schools

MPs call for compulsory sex education in schools

A cross-party group of MPs has called on the government to ensure that children receive sex education at a young age in order to reduce the number of teenage pregnancies and abortions and to improve the nation's sexual health.

        
The MPs, led by Labour's Chris Bryant, voiced their concerns in a letter to the Daily Telegraph in which they pointed out that Britain has the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in Europe.

A total of 42,784 abortions were carried out on teenage girls last year, and 32,000 teenagers were diagnosed with chlamydia.

Despite these concerns, the MPs cite reports from Ofsted which claim that provision of good sex and relationship education is "very patchy".

"Young people and their parents continually ask for sex and relationships to be taught in schools," they claimed.

"We call on the government to guarantee appropriate sex and relationship education in every primary and secondary school by putting personal, social and health education on a statutory basis as part of the national curriculum."

The letter has also been signed by sexual health charities, including the Terrence Higgins Trust, the Family Planning Association and the Teenage Pregnancy Independent Advisory Group.

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Treatment news: 27/08/2008