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Spiritual Life: Sex education a job for parents not teachers

PUBLISHED: 08:00 10 November 2018

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Raising children is a huge responsibility, which can be a great blessing and source of reward if fulfilled correctly.

The Quran and the authentic traditions of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), speak clearly about the responsibility that comes with raising a child.

It is an obligation upon the believers to raise and care for children by bringing them up as moral, righteous and valued human beings.

Neglecting this duty could potentially lead a person away from the path of righteousness and God Consciousness.

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “When a man dies, his action discontinues from him except three things; charity given, or the knowledge by which benefit is acquired, or a pious child who prays for him.”

The building blocks for a child’s development begins at home with the parents, where they receive their first moral, emotional, physical and spiritual needs in accordance Islamic values.

In March 2017, the government passed the Children & Social Work Act (2017) which resulted in the creation of a new compulsory subject in all primary schools – relationships education (RE), as well as a new statutory subject in secondary schools called relationships & sex education (RSE).

The guidance removes the right to withdraw secondary school children from sex education lessons.

Instead, the guidance makes clear that it is the headteacher who will have the final say in this regard.

This is a serious infringement on the role of parents to pass on their own traditions and beliefs in regard to marriage, abortion and sexuality.

This will inevitably lead to confusion, stress and a sense of stigmatisation.

It also places an

unnecessary burden on the headteacher.

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