Poland’s education minister has sided with parents seeking to wrestle sex education out of schools, promising that it would now be easier to give “morally corrupting” voluntary programs the boot.
It will be much easier for parents now to request that sex education not be taught in schools, said Education Minister Przemyslawczarnek on Friday. This was a result of a decision made at the previous cabinet meeting.
“At the request of parents, the education superintendent will be able to block … the introduction of content into schools that is morally corrupting for children,” Czarnek said.
The minister singled out one of the programs, dubbed ‘Healthy Love’, that was rolled out by the authorities in the northern city of Gdansk in 2017, but suspended in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
‘Healthy Love’ provided sex education to secondary school pupils as part of a “procreation support program.”Participants needed to give their consent. Parents were allowed to choose which classes their children would like.
“If the mayor wants to provide this type of education to children in Gdansk, she can do it in premises that belong to the city, but not at school,” Czarnek said.
Conservative ministers have repeatedly condemned sex education at school. Earlier this year, he floated the idea of teaching children about sexuality – as well as business – using writings penned by the late Pope John Paul II.
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