The topic will be part of the life education learning area under the new curriculum. According to Annette Nanfuka, the curriculum specialist at National Curriculum Development Center (NCDC), this is a continuation of the upper primary reproductive health education that is currently being undertaken in primary schools.
“Life education as a learning area will be compulsory to all students. Children see and read a lot of unfiltered information regarding sexuality and as they grow up, they experience body changes and other things but parents do not want to talk about them. This area will be able to address these issues among others,” Ms Nanfuka explained.
She added saying it will also be used to reduce on the high numbers of teenage pregnancies which currently stand at 24 per cent according to 2011 data from Uganda Bureau of Statistics and new HIV infections among adolescents.
Christopher Muganga, the head of the secondary education department at NCDC continued saying the debate about sexuality education in schools has been controversial issue since many people shy away from sex related issues but there was need to move away from the colonial times curricula that had a lot of non issues.
“The 21st century learners have different needs and we have to address them. Sexuality education is a new thing that has created a lot of inquisitiveness among the youth themselves that is why we had to do it. Extra time has been allocated to it so as to get soft learning for the students,” he added.
Unlike the usual exam based curricula, students will be assessed to find out if they learnt what they were taught in schools, Ms Nanfuka said.