A lack of suitably qualified teachers and conservative family attitudes mean Chinese schoolchildren are missing out on a formal sex education, observers say.
According to Li Hongyan, national programme officer at the Unesco Beijing cluster office, demand for sex education “far exceeds supply”.
“Family should be where sex education is first taught, but parents tend to shift the responsibility to schools because of their limited knowledge or personal values,” she said.
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“But schools also face many challenges, including the lack of specialist teachers and possible objections from parents.”
Sex education has been a mandatory part of the school curriculum in China since 2011, but Li said there was a lack of training programmes for teachers, with Chengdu