San Jose, Costa Rica – Over 61% of professors believe they have little preparation for this subject. This seems odd to me considering almost all teachers will have had a baby by the time they started teaching based on the numbers that 20% of women have a baby by the time they are 19. If a student raises his hand in class and asked a question about sexuality, the teacher might be dumbfounded.
This is one of the conclusions of an investigation by the National Institute for the Study of Children and Adolescents of the National University.
When asked about the preparation that has to provide sex education, 70.9% of teachers described it as poor.
Only 4.1% of high school teachers say they have a lot of training to address these issues in the classroom, while in primary the numbers were just 5.2%.
This situation occurs despite the fact that 87% of people think that schools should assume the delicate task of teaching about sexuality.
The results of this study justified the proposal on sex education developed by the Institute, at the request of the Ministry of Public Education (MEP).
These curricula were approved last week by the Higher Education Council, and will be taught from next academic year in seventh, eighth and ninth school.
Ana Teresa Leon of the Institute, said it is urgent to provide sex education in schools and colleges, but to do so, educators must be trained.
“The proposal to introduce sex education has a very comprehensive project guidance of life and love, relationships and values,” said Leon.
The researcher also believes that this issue must be addressed as early as primary school.
“They strip the school completely unarmed, without information on sex education, no training in values, without any approach they want to be them, they like the war, especially the girls who are more developed by their 7th grade year,” said Leon.
The lack of teacher training was evident in the National Survey of Sexual and Reproductive Health.
According to this, the main source of information that are girls aged 15 to 19 years for issues related to sexuality are moms (33%), followed by teachers (17%).
What the MEP seeks is that in the classroom the teachers and students to speak without censorship on these issues.