22 May 2013

American Samoan students ask for sex education in classrooms

3:29 pm on 22 May 2013

A group of senior high school students in American Samoa have told lawmakers they believe sex education should be taught in the classrooms to help reduce the territory's high rate of teen pregnancy.

But representatives Lemanu Talo and Talaimatai Elisara Su'a, who are both former teachers, say there is already a health class that teaches students about the reproductive system.

They say any specific class for sex education would have to be taught by teachers who are certified to teach such a course.

Talaimatai Elisara Su'a says he doesn't believe the classroom is the best place for teenagers to learn about sex.

"It's a very sensitive issue. It's a great concern about teaching sex education but the best way that could teach sex education. Basically we should start from the home with the family, and even including ministers and the DOE."

American Samoan representative Talaimatai Elisara Su'a.