Sex education in schools


Sir, - There is an alternative to abortion and information on contraception is part of it. Prevention is better than the cure, but if more than two-thirds of primary schools, and over 50 per cent of secondary schools have failed to implement the Government's RSE programme because of "an overcrowded curriculum" can we be surprised then, in the absence of education regarding sexual activity and contraception, at the number of young women having abortions.

Given that only 42 per cent of parents discuss all aspects of sex and relationships with their children, it would appear that this programme should be given some priority in our schools. - Yours, etc.,

Nuala McDowell, Wasdale Grove, Terenure, Dublin 6.