Sex education

Kositatino Tikomaibolatagane, Toquru, Navua | Wednesday, June 14, 2017
MY appreciation to The Fiji Times for publishing my letter last week titled Sex education wherein, I was raising my concern as a parent about what we teach our children in these modern days, especially about sex.

I raised a fact that we are prematurely shaping our children's mind by teaching them something that they would discover later in life and therefore, may be one of the repercussions is reported in the front page of The Fiji Times 13/06/17, titled Teen mum alert, in which the report said that pregnancy cases in 2016 was 19 in primary schools and 28 in secondary schools.

I do agree with Rev. James when he said that "these are symptoms of what's wrong with society".

This is a point that I have been always raising that what is happening in our society today such as teen age pregnancy, homeless in town, criminal activities, drug abuse, and so forth are reflections of what our society values today which is wealth rather than people, individual wellness rather than communal wellness.

In our iTaukei culture there are certain taboo set apart like talking about sex an example.

This is not that it is shameful talking about it, however, it is wise not to do so for the wellbeing of the community.

Most of the taboos are there not to demean others, as some interpreted it today, but for the wellbeing of people and relationships within a community and when broken many unwanted issues arise such as rape, theft, etc., for there is no more respect in society.

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