A report by the General Inspectorate points out the school’s shortcomings in terms of sex education

“Better integrate sex education into educational policy”, “firmly formalize three dedicated annual sessions”, “strengthen the training of actors” : a report by the General Inspectorate of Education highlights the institution’s shortcomings on this issue.

This report entitled “Sexuality education in schools”, revealed this Tuesday, September 20 by Mediapart and of which the AFP obtained a copy, had been entrusted to the two general inspectors Evelyne Liouville and Anne-Marie Romulus. It was handed over in July 2021 to then-Minister of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer, but was never made public.

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It draws up a relatively severe report of the actions carried out by the ministry. According to this text, “less than 15% of students benefit from three sexuality education sessions during the school year in primary and secondary schools (respectively less than 20% in college)”whereas these three sessions are provided for by law.

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The Minister of Education, Pap Ndiaye, has affirmed his desire to put this subject back on the table. “The 2001 law very clearly enjoins us to talk about sex education”and “we have to obey the law”he explained last week on Franceinfo.

According to the report of the General Inspectorate of Education, Sport and Research (IGESR), which establishes a list of recommendations, “It is important today to maintain [l’éducation à la sexualité], clearly identify it, better structure it, improve it and give it a real place within the Ministry of National Education, in consultation with the Ministries of Health, Equality between Girls and Boys and Child Protection »they write.

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The report proposes, among other things, “to introduce the notions of sex education into the official programs of certain disciplines; to firmly formalize three dedicated annual sessions in the timetable of schools, colleges and high schools; to provide for systematic information of parents by the management teams at the start of the school year; to encourage research on sex education and its contemporary issues or to better approve partner associations”.

He also insists on the training of actors with the idea of “reinforce the deployment of academic trainers on sexuality education, to train in the long term all teaching, education, supervisory and inspection staff working in schools on sexuality education”.

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