The National Education Association (NEA) says the National Sex Education Council (NSEC) is biased and does not listen to paediatricians and parents.
The NSWEC’s policy on sex education, which is the subject of an internal NEA inquiry, is “unfair”, the NEA says in a submission to the inquiry.
“It’s a non-binding policy that is not subject to independent review,” the NEAs submission states.
“The NEA would like to highlight how the NEAS policy on sexual health and education is based on the NEAT [National Adult Training] guidelines and that the NEATS policy is not based on science.”
In a submission, the NEAA called for an independent review of the policy.
“This policy should be reviewed as a matter of urgency and we believe the NEAC should consider the policy’s impact on young people and the future of the NEAR policy as a whole,” the submission states, adding the NEACA will hold a public meeting in October to discuss the issue.
“In response to the NEAFE submission, a NEAC spokesperson said the NEACC would hold a meeting on sexual education at the end of October, which will also discuss the policy and the NEAPT [National Association for Pediatric and Adolescent Psychiatry] guidelines.”
In response, the NSWEC said it has been “committed to supporting the national sex education agenda for the last 10 years”.”NSEC has a number of activities focused on sexual wellbeing, including sexual health awareness campaigns and education about sexual health issues,” the NSWec said in a statement.
“These activities include the NEATH (National Adult Education Awareness Month), which is celebrated each year on 28 August, and the National Sexual Health Awareness Month, which takes place on the same date.”
A spokesperson for the NSWSEA said the NSWDEA is “very committed to the work we are doing to improve our national sex health agenda, particularly with respect to sexuality and its health and wellbeing”.
“We recognise that the NSW Education and Training Council is very involved in sex education,” the spokesperson said.
“We have worked with NSWSEAT, the National Education Alliance (NEAI), the National Alliance for Sex Education (NASEE), the Sex Education Institute (SEI), the Australian Council of Sex Educators (ACSE), the Council of Australian Governments (CoAG), the Queensland Sex Education Network (QSEEN), and the Queensland Office of Sex Education and Research (QOSEN).”
We are committed to working with the NSW Council of Sexual Health to continue to strengthen our policies to protect and promote young people’s sexual wellbeing.