Sexual education will not be voluntary

PARENTS and children will not be allowed to refuse to attend the lessons focusing on sexual behaviour. 

(Source: SME)

Such a proposal was part of two draft amendments submitted to the parliament by the opposition, which were not passed to the second reading.

The Alliance for Family (AZR) called the decision a closing of door to parents’ freedoms, the TASR newswire reported.

The MPs for the Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO), who submitted one of the bills, wanted to make the attendance at lessons where euthanasia is discussed voluntary. They proposed not to sanction the absence or compensate it at another subject. It is not acceptable that children attend the education about euthanasia or sexual behaviour without the agreement of parents, they claimed.

The latter bill, submitted by MP Alojz Hlina, suggested that the school has to inform parents about the intention to increase the number of sexual education lessons. Moreover, if the parents asked to see the education materials, the school would have to provide them, according to the proposal.

If the parents disagreed with their children attending such lessons, the school would have to offer them alternative lessons, Hlina said.

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The AZR responded that refusing the two amendments means that the MPs ignored the requirement of nearly 900,000 people who agreed in the February referendum on family with the claim that the schools cannot demand  pupils to attend the lessons on sexual behaviour and euthanasia.

The association thus called on the ruling Smer party to quickly come with a solution which will secure the rights of parents to the extent that was proposed in the referendum.

“The politicians should respect the will of people expressed in referendum,” Anton Chromík of AZR told TASR.

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