12 Sep 2018

Sex ed in schools failing many: ERO report

From Nine To Noon, 9:08 am on 12 September 2018
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Nearly 30 per cent of schools are failing in their delivery of sexuality education, according to a new report by the Education Review Office. The report, based on visits to 116 schools around the country, finds that Maori, Pasifika, sex, gender or sexually diverse students, those with additional learning needs and students with strong cultural or religious beliefs are particularly disadvantaged.

ERO also surveyed students from nine different secondary schools, and only 10 per cent thought their sexuality education was tailored to their needs. Dr Deirdre Shaw is ERO's Group Manager Evaluation Services.