Education Minister says consent needs to be taught to young students

The Education Minister believes consent needs to be taught to younger students.

A recent leaked government report found sex education in secondary schools to be ‘outdated’ and ‘fear based’.

Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh says he wants to see young people, parents and teachers engaging more in the issue of sex education.

Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh was in Kerry today for a number of engagements.
Speaking to Radio Kerry News, Minister McHugh said that consent, respect and dignity must be taught to younger children in schools.

He says a review, commissioned by his predecessor the then Education Minister Richard Bruton, is due to be finalised shortly.

Once completed the review will go out to public consultation and the Fine Gael Minister wants young people, parents and teachers to engaging on the issue.

More than €15 million has been invested in state-of-the-art education buildings in Tralee including Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí, Kerry College of Further Education and Coláiste Gleann Lí.

Minister McHugh met with representatives from the Kerry educational bodies during his visit to the county today.

He turned the sod at the Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí site at Hawley Park, officially opened the extension at Coláiste Gleann Lí and opened the Denny Street campus of the Kerry College of Further Education.

Minister also addressed the Joint Managerial Body and Association of Management of Catholic Secondary Schools in Killarney.