Mozambique drops textbook over sexuality, masturbation content | The Guardian Nigeria News

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Mozambique will remove a seventh-grade natural science textbook from schools after outrage on social media over content that discussed masturbation and homosexuality, the education ministry said Tuesday.

Pupils in the southern African country have studied “The Secret of Life” by Portuguese publisher Texto Editores for the past 18 years.

However sections of a chapter on sexual orientation and masturbation went viral on social media after being posted on Facebook last Thursday.

Under pressure, the education ministry quickly decided to withdraw the book, with controversial parts to be struck off in a new edition to be rolled out later this year.

“For us, the topic of sexuality is important and should continue to be addressed,” education ministry spokeswoman Gina Guibunda told AFP.

But “we recognise that in that book the theme may have been treated in a way that divided opinions,” she said.

Sex education will continue to be taught but “in a way that does…



Source: Guardian Newspaper