A Survey of Attitude of Secondary School Students Towards Sex Education in Some Selected Secondary Schools

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A Survey of Attitude of Secondary School Students Towards Sex Education in Some Selected Secondary Schools.


This project examined the Attitude of Secondary Schools Students towards Sex Education in Some Selected Secondary School in Oyo East Local Government, Oyo.

Random sampling was used to select one hundred and sixty (160) respondents as samples for the study, 40 respondents from each school in the four (4) selected secondary school. Questionnaire was used as research instrument, it was designed and administered in the study area.

The data collected was analyzed statistically with chi-square method. From the study, it was established that most, students especially female students over rely on peer groups for sexual information and thus influence abuse of contraceptives.

Sexual information provided by mass media has an influence on Religion and also students rely on their parents as regards sex education, therefore, it was recommended that sex education should be included in the curriculum at all level of education in order to eradicate all forms of sexual assault.


1.1 Background of the Study

The need for sexuality education in schools has become indispensable in today’s contemporary society.

While many societies and cultures around the world are yet to consent to the introduction of sex education in schools mostly because of their socio- cultural background, belief system, political system, religion etc some countries see sex education as a gateway, to deal with issues related to reproductive health and sexual preference among teenagers.

Sexual health is one of five core aspects of the WHO global reproductive health strategy approved by the World Health Assembly in 2004 (WHO, 2004).

According to WHO, sexuality is a central aspect of being human throughout life and encompasses sex, gender identities and roles, sexual orientation, eroticism, pleasure, intimacy and reproduction.

Sexuality is experienced and expressed in  thoughts fantasies, desires, beliefs, attitudes, values, behaviour, practices and relationships.

While sexuality can includes all of these dimensions not all of them are always experienced or expressed. Sexuality is influenced by the interaction of biological, psychological, social, economic, political, ethnical, legal, historical, religious and spiritual factors (WHO, 2006).

Collins (2008), argued that sexuality education encompasses education about all aspects of sexuality including information about family planning, reproduction, body image, sexual orientation, sexual pleasure, values, decision making, communication, dating, relationships, sexually transmitted infections and how to avoid them and birth control method.

Schools is a privileged setting for formal articulate sex education as children and adolescent spent a considerable amount of their time at school and other agents of sex education like the internet and other media can often provide non-structured education.

First love experiences occur at school age, and school has human and material resources for providing education. Sex education at schools are contributes to its promotion in the home environment.

Sex education programs have been shown to delay sexual initiation or increase condom use among those who are already sexually active. A recent Portuguese study reported that nearly 90% of those surveyed said sex education at school was very important and 87% believed it should be mandatory.


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