ATTITUDE OF STUDENTS TOWARDS SEXUALITY EDUCATION IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS
Background of the study
Sexuality education begins at home. Parents and caregiver are/and ought to be the primary sexuality educators of their children. Opportunities to discuss sexuality issues with children occur on a daily basic.
According to SIECUS (2009) Sexuality education is a lifelong process of acquiring information and forming attitude, beliefs and values. it encompasses sexual development, sexual and reproductive health, interpersonal relationship, affection, intimacy, body image and gender roles.
From the moment of birth, children learn about love, touch and relationship. Infants and toddlers learn about sexuality when their parent talk to them, dress them, show affection, and teach them the names of the parts of their body. As children rows into adolescence, they continue to receive message about sexual behavior, attitude, and values from their family in an informal way. sexuality is also learn from other sources such as friends,television,music,books,advertisement and internet which are all forms of informal way of learning.
The formal ways of acquiring sexuality education include planned opportunities such as faith communities, community-based sexuality education as well as Abstinence-only in sex related matters, the school –based sexuality education is often comprehensive and as such provide certain guidelines in form of objectives to be achieved at the end of the programme.The school –based sexuality education provides accurate information about human sexuality, it provides opportunity for people to develop and understand their values, attitude and insight about sexuality, help young people to develop relationship and interpersonal skills among others .These scope and others such as human development ,relationship, decision making, abstinence, contraception, and disease prevention are what makes school-based sexuality education differ from other forms of sexuality education.
Even though we know the values of sexuality education to human development, maturation, family life and all forms of relationship. Yet sexuality education is not been currently taught at the secondary school level-a level that can referred to as transitional level in nature, from childhood to adulthood .the reason for these decision by the federal government, state government and local government as well as ministry of education is not certain to the ordinary citizen of this country, but it is certain that it is neither because sexuality education is irrelevant nor is it because students do not want to learn about it.
Though the content for a junior secondary level on sexuality education may not be same for senior secondary school level because of their level of development and maturation. To this end, the study want to seek the opinion of students on sexuality education, and determine if they will like sexuality education to be a core subject either at junior level or senior secondary.
Statement of the problem
The researcher have observed that most students in secondary school are of divergent view when it comes to matters of sexuality and such lack of information have led many teenagers into engaging in sexual activities without precaution which have resulted in higher rate of unwanted pregnancies among female and sexually transmitted diseases likewise. To this end, the researcher wants to know the perception of secondary school students on sexuality education.
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