Personal Development: the preparation needed in order to get into an intimate relationship), Science (e.g.In this connection, will the Government inform this Council:(a) whether it has compiled annual statistics on underage unwed pregnant girls; if it has, of the figures for the past five years; if not, whether the Government will consider compiling statistics so that the community will have a clearer picture about the situation of underage unwed pregnant girls;(b) when the existing sex education curriculum was drawn up; whether its contents have been reviewed regularly; if so, of the details, including the review schedule and the outcome of the last review; if not, of the circumstances under which the Government will conduct a review;(c) of the lowest grade at which the sex education and gender relationship curriculum are taught in school at present; whether arrangements will be made to teach the curriculum at a lower grade; if not, of the reasons; of the contents of the curriculum for each grade; and as the Government indicated that it would review and update the sex education curriculum for primary schools, of the relevant details;(d) whether the sex education and gender relationship curriculum is at present compulsory in primary and secondary schools; if not, whether the Government will consider making it compulsory; if not, of the reasons for that;(e) apart from implementing sex education in schools, whether the Government has formulated other measures to help children and young people develop a better understanding of and a proper attitude towards sex and gender relationship; if it has, of the details; if not, the reasons for that; and(f) whether the Government will consider providing social service agencies with more resources to help them launch sex education projects which are more comprehensive and provide enhanced counselling and support services to children and young people, especially underage unwed pregnant girls, their partners and families; if it will, of the details; if not, the reasons for that?Reply: President,(a) The number of childbirth and the number of lawful termination of pregnancy by unmarried women under the age of 18 from 2003 to 2007 are shown in the Annex.
Contents of sex education elements in the primary and secondary school curricula include the following: General Studies at the primary level (e.g.
In April 2008, the MCE curriculum framework was revised and enriched, with learning expectations and teaching content on sex education specified for various key stages of learning to help schools promote sex education systematically.
In the new senior secondary curriculum to be implemented in September 2009, sex education will also be further strengthened.(c) Elements of sex education are included in the school curricula of pre-primary, primary and secondary schools in accordance with children's developmental stages.
changes in the physical, psychological and social life aspects during puberty, gender roles and relationships, sexual feelings and reactions and ways to deal with them), Ethics & Religious Studies at the secondary level (e.g.
heterosexual and homosexual relationships, premarital and extramarital sex, life and death: right to raise a family, birth control, abortion, etc.), Integrated Humanities (e.g.
The Government does not yet have the figures for the year 2008.(b) The Education Bureau (EDB) is committed to promoting sex education at various key stages of learning in schools through a holistic curriculum comprising knowledge, attitudes/values and skills.For instance, elements of sex education are included in the Science curriculum at the secondary level in 2002 and the General Studies curriculum at the primary level in 2004.Various aspects of sex education are also covered in the Moral and Civic Education (MCE) framework set out in 2002.The EDB reviews and updates the school curriculum regularly to address the changes in society and the needs of students.LCQ11: sex education ******************** Following is a question by the Hon Tanya Chan and a written reply by the Secretary for Education, Mr Michael Suen, in the Legislative Council today (April 29): Question: It has been reported that the voluntary agency Mother's Choice received, in the first 11 months of the 2008-09 year, 207 cases of unwed pregnant women seeking assistance, with more than 30% of these cases involving underage girls below 17, some of whom even had several abortions.Some members of the public put the blame for this situation on the outdated sex education curriculum at present and its failure to instil holistic sex knowledge and a proper attitude towards gender relationship among young people.