New sex education guidelines

6th July 2001 at 01:00
New sex education guidelines, to be sent to schools next term by the Northern Ireland Department of Education, are being challenged as a breach of human rights.

The Education for Chastity Family Support Group say information on sex should remain the preserve of the family. They claim human rights legislation recognises parents as the primary educators of their children and, as such, their wishes in that respect cannot be overridden by the state.

The group says it is concerned by "the social engineering and meddlesome interference of the sex education missionaries", and calls on the department to ensure parents are fully informed of their rights.

Sue Learner and Carmel McQuaid

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