The announcement from Justine Greening that Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) will be made compulsory in all schools for all children from 4 years old will be horrifying to most parents says UKIP's Education Spokesman David Kurten.
David Kurten AM, who sits on the London Assembly Education Panel said,"The new Tory policy is sugar-coated by saying that only ‘Relationships’ will be taught at the very youngest ages, but that the ‘Sex’ part will be introduced in an ‘age-appropriate’ manner, with little indication of when this will be.
He continued, "Some pressure groups who have the ear of the government would like to introduce graphic and explicit materials in the curriculum to children as young as 7, and to propagate ideas which conflict with traditional family values. Primary school sex education material exists which would have been considered highly pornographic just a few years ago. Other materials push the non-biological fringe idea of ‘gender fluidity’ and advise schools not to use words like ‘boy, girl, mother or father or pregnant woman’ in case they offend. Propagandising damaging and confusing ideologies in primary schools is utterly wrong.
"The great question in this is: who should have the main responsibility for transmitting values and morals to children – parents or the state? UKIP says that parents must have a full parental veto over sex education, and although this is promised, the government must ensure that this veto is well advertised and enforced.
"The Education Secretary also announced that ‘faith schools will continue to be able to teach SRE in accordance with the tenets of their faith.’ 97% of faith schools and one third of all state schools in the UK are church schools, who have been doing a great job in education for centuries. Although some groups have tried to undermine church and other faith schools, it is right to let them continue to educate children according to their high, traditional standards."