Attitude Of Teachers Towards The Teaching Of Sex Education In Selected Secondary School In Oredo Local Government Area Of Edo State

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Attitude Of Teachers Towards The Teaching Of Sex Education In Selected Secondary School In Oredo Local Government Area Of Edo State


The purpose of this study was to find out the attitude of teachers towards the teaching of sex education in some selected schools in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State. The research study was also aimed at ascertaining whether the attitude of teachers towards the teaching of sex education make the students to shy away from sex education or the teachers are shy to teach sex education to both boys and girls in the same classroom. In carrying out the study a questionnaire was administered to teachers. The data collected from teachers were analyzed and interpreted. Their responses were that sex education should be added to the secondary school curriculum and the attitude of teachers that teaching sex education should be moderate. And there should special teachers teaching sex education.

Chapter One


1.1 Background To The Study

Numerous definitions and interpretations have been advanced by all sectors of human society without an agreeable definition.

In this chapter, the researcher intends to have an over view of the terminology associated with sex before dealing with the scope of this study.

The term sex goes beyond the realm of sex organs, instructions and act of sex organs as individuals are made to believe to make a breakthrough in the life of human relation among and between sex partners.

Sex education is the instruction about sex and human sexuality. Sex is an important effect on the human life of an individual and almost everyone in the society including children wants to know about it. Traditionally, children are not supposed to receive information about sex at all. They many a time, learn about sex through their friends, books, television, pornographic films either from the magazines or internets and sex movies.

Correct and factual information should be given to teenagers about the anatomic development in their bodies. During this period, the girls develop breast, pelvic borne broadens these starts at the age of eleven to twelve years and in the boys between fourteen to fifteen years. The sexual organs mature the widening of the chest and enlargement of the lynx which causes breaking of the voice.

The teenager’s stage or periods are very crucial in the life of the individual. Many frustrations may occur during this stage such as school dropout, sexual immorality juvenile delinquency to mention but a few are all problems evolving from physical, social, cognitive and mental development. However, sex education has generally being masked in giggles and hush-hush silent matters.

Children should be given adequate information’s about sex. Gone are the days when sexual matters were hidden from children. Questions posed by the teenagers should be answered by teachers to open a wide range of the communication because silence or lie telling may cause injury as they assume that the answers should be contrary to those books and peers.

Sex desire can lead to sexual immorality which can result to pregnancy i.e. the process of procreation or reproduction most teenagers are physically able to have children but few are ready and responsibilities of marriage or parenthood most unmarried teenagers who do not have babies can be carried away by their sexual feelings and emotional desires. This can cause a serious sexual malady and the psychological problems for them. It can cause an abortion, sexual transmitted disease and so on. Sexual intercourse between two persons who are not married to each other is considered as a taboo to be generality of the society and morally wrong among religious groups.

Sex relationship outside marriage can result in quilts feelings and other psychological problems for persons involved. It can also cause birth of unwanted children.

Therefore sex education should be given at early development stage of the child because the foundation laid in the early life of the teenagers determines the stability and propensity of marriage life of an individual in the society.

The provision of sex education is important because the norms guiding sexual act has been broken down by the increasing urbanization and the modernization of social norms. Sex education through parents, teachers or counselors and educators will not certainly be universal remedy to the social ills, but it will provide information for improving behavior, establishing personality in our society. This should be made known to teenagers of both sexes.

1.2 Statement Of The Problem

The problem of this study therefore, is does the attitude of teachers towards the teaching of sex education in school have negative e effect on the learners? The researcher intends to find out the attitude of students towar5ds the teaching of sex education as well as the major problem that face the teaching of sex education such as, who should teach sex education to boys and girls? Where should sex education be taught? At what age should sex education be taught? Other problems include how much is to be taught and under what circumstances? And the need for it to be included in the curriculum.

1.3 Purpose Of The Study

The research study is designed to find out the attitude of teachers towards the teaching of sex education in some selected schools.

1.4 Research Questions

In recent times, the continued problems of sexual immorality among many of our adolescent’s boys and girls and sexual harassment by the adult must have been an educational issue of discussion. On this issue, the society ahs hitter to blamed this phenomena on the school that fails to provide sex education in the school curriculum, the school on the other hand attributes causes of sexual moral laxity to parents whose moral duty to impart sex education to their child because they are the first teachers.

Therefore, the researcher has come up with the following research questions;

  1. What are the attitudes of teachers towards the teaching of sex education in some selected secondary schools in Oredo local Government Area of Edo State?
  2. Are the teachers shy to teach sex education to their students?
  3. Does sex education affect the performance of the students?
  4. Does students practices sex in school after teaching them sex education?
  5. What are the factors that make teachers shy when teaching sex education to the students?
  6. Should boys and girls be separated when teaching sex education to them?

1.5 Significance Of The Study

  1. It will give correct and factual information and understanding of students towards the teaching of sex education.
  2. It will enable teenagers to develop self respect and self control with due consideration developmental tasks of becoming responsible man and woman in future.
  3. It will enlighten our teenagers and prevent them from developing a sense of guilt, horror, disgust or fear of sex especially when they perform sex act of the right time for right purpose and with the right person.

1.6 Definition Of Terms

Sex Education:

Education for effective or hygienic living with understanding of human sexuality as an integral inseparable.

Sex Organs:

This is a structure (organs) which is responsible for reproduction such as penis in male and vagina in female.


This refers to individual, male or female.


This is the termination of pregnancy.


A person between the age of 11-18 years.


Hip bone


To discharge blood monthly from the uterus through the vagina.


The stage of having baby developing inside her, that is female


This is the breaking of male voice.


These are books or video that makes people feel sexually excited by showing naked people.

1.8 Organization Of The Study

This research work is organized in five chapters, for easy understanding, as follows

  • Chapter one is concern with the introduction, which consist of the (overview, of the study), historical background, statement of problem, objectives of the study, research hypotheses, significance of the study, scope and limitation of the study, definition of terms and historical background of the study.
  • Chapter two highlights the theoretical framework on which the study is based, thus the review of related literature.
  • Chapter three deals on the research design and methodology adopted in the study.
  • Chapter four concentrate on the data collection and analysis and presentation of finding.
  • Chapter five gives summary, conclusion, and recommendations made of the study

Chapter Five

Summary, Conclusion and Recommendation

5.1 Introduction

It is important to ascertain that the objective of this study was on the attitude of teachers towards the teaching of sex education in selected secondary school in Oredo local government of Edo state. In the preceding chapter, the relevant data collected for this study were presented, critically analyzed and appropriate interpretation given. In this chapter, certain recommendations made which in the opinion of the researcher will be of benefits in addressing the challenges of teachers towards the teaching of sex education in selected secondary school in Oredo local government of Edo state

5.2 Summary

This study was on the attitude of teachers towards the teaching of sex education in selected secondary school in Oredo local government of Edo state. Four objectives were raised which included: To ascertain the attitude of teachers towards sex education in secondary school, to ascertain whether sex education affect student academic performance, to ascertain whether students practice sex after teaching, to ascertain whether teachers shy from teaching sex education. In line with these objectives, two research hypotheses were formulated and two null hypotheses were posited. The total population for the study is 200 staff of selected secondary schools in Oredo local government area of Edo State. The researcher used questionnaires as the instrument for the data collection. Descriptive Survey research design was adopted for this study. A total of 133 respondents made principals, vice principals administration, senior staffs and junior staffs were used for the study. The data collected were presented in tables and analyzed using simple percentages and frequencies

5.3 Conclusion

Imparting sex education to children is the need of the hour considering high percentage of AIDS case, sexual harassment, sexual abuse cases, and suicide cases in India. The Teachers have to teach them how to understand their sexuality and learn to curb their desires. Sex Education should be formally included in the course curriculum to spread awareness of various sex related problems and teach ways to prevent them. Social workers have to work effectively to change the perception of the society about sex. It is essential to make sure that all the children are educated about sex at the right age. The parents have to realize that they have to come out of their inhibitions and make an initiative to teach their kids about various sex related problems. Educating them right from the beginning is essential in order to enable a better understanding among children about human sexuality.

5.4 Recommendation

Through the findings of this studies and other relevant studies, it is found that sex education is very necessary in the cyber age because inadequate and misinformation can be a life threatening. However, no explicit study was conducted on sex education in Bhutan. Therefore, more research is necessary in this area. While this study has created a platform for dialogue and interest towards attitudes held by students and teachers regarding sexuality education, a larger scale research would have a much better impact in effecting change. Future researchers could emphasize on measuring the attitude towards sex education in relation to economic status, educational qualification and residency (rural/urban). Another aspect where the future researcher could focus is on the relevant courses and lessons to be taught in sex education class. Based on the findings of this study, it is found that sex education is an important tool to fight against social issues such as teenage pregnancy and STDs. Hence, the teaching of sex education in secondary school should be made compulsory and effective without further delay.

Efforts should also be made to enrich the training program of teachers with sufficient contents in sex education. More community involvement and the creation of dialogue around sex education should be encouraged. It is also found necessary to change the mindset of the people. Everyone should be open to discussion about sex and help the younger people to understand what sex education is. So, for that more education on sexuality has to be taught to everyone. It is also important to form a policy on sex education in Bhutan. Passage of this act would help increase awareness of the potential risks of engaging in unprotected sex and reduce the frequency of STIs for all sexually active youth. All youth would be better equipped to make informed decisions about relationships and sexual health. Schools should be a supportive and safe environment for the development of all of their students, and comprehensive policies are needed to respond to their needs.

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