Updating of relationships and sexual education curriculum to be delayed again – Byrne

Published on: 30 June 2019

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD has expressed disappointment that the long-awaited updating of relationships and sexual education curriculum is to be delayed.

Deputy Byrne was commenting as the Minister for Education confirmed in a Parliamentary Question that the targeted timeline for the completion of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) review would be missed.

He explained, “It’s deeply disappointing that this long-awaited review is once again delayed. This weekend we celebrated Pride and it’s a particularly timely reminder of the need to educate on LGBTQ+ rights.

“Fianna Fáil have consistently said that the sex education curriculum needs to be updated to reflect the modern society. Work is needed to address shortfalls in areas around consent, access to education for LGBTQ+ young people and the overall quality and suitability of current Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) and Social Personal and Health Education Curriculum (SPHE)

“Fianna Fáil strongly advocated for this to take place based on the expert advice of the NCCA. The changes required must be driven by expert advice which places children at the centre of decision making. It’s vital that the curriculum is updated as soon as possible”, he concluded.

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