The recent announcement by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal while he was addressing a galaxy of educationists and intellectuals of six states during the concluding session of a seminar organized by education cultural development trust, Punjab, at Chandigarh that a new subject dealing with character-building and personality development would be introduced in school curriculum as a substitute to sex education, has drawn a mixed response. Residents and different boards feel such training is the need of the hour, while, at the same time, they express the opinion that sex education is a must.
RS Patial, principal, DAV Public Senior Secondary School, said, ‘In my school, I regularly conduct seminars and workshops for students covering this important aspect of life. And I tell them it is a way to communicate frankly and one should not hesitate on this count. When there are inhibitions, problems start.’
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