One of Thailand’s pressing and significant problems is the lack of proper sex education in general and professional education systems. Many experts and specialists in this field are sure that such situations entail fraught consequences, unforeseen force majeure, and incidents. At a minimum, such “extreme neglect” is correlated with “random” sex and unplanned pregnancy. Furthermore, in extreme cases, if parents and teachers at certain stages of growing up do not inform children about such critical topics, they risk increasing the number of particular crimes and spreading the HIV epidemic. Such conditions directly connect with offenses committed in the country on sexual grounds. Hence, it is necessary to emphasize that sex education is not just a “confession” about human physical needs and the unique relationship between men and women. This “training” is primarily about safety and respect for the body and mind. The lack of sex education in educational institutions in Thailand causes sexual assaults, unforeseen risks, and consequences.
Discussion of the Situation in Thailand’s Educational System
Unfortunately, sex education and training in intimate aspects in Thailand are not typical among children and young people. Moreover, sex in Thailand is a forbidden topic, and when it is touched upon, people feel a sense of awkwardness and discomfort (Adair and Techakitteranun 2021). In biology lessons, people are taught about the reproductive system, coupled with health education, but there are no special lectures devoted to inter-sexual relations. The primary basics of a particular discipline are present in the curriculum of Thai schools, but they are relatively outdated and have not been updated for quite a long time (Adair and Techakitteranun 2021). In this country, offspring are protected in every possible way from “adult” topics right up to the “very late age.” As a rule, parents exercise vigilant control over their juniors while creating various restrictions and obstacles on the way to natural growth and puberty.
Meanwhile, one of the reasons for committing sexual harassment on an individual’s integrity and freedom is the lack of sexual education and upbringing in Thai institutions. Children and adolescents are increasingly exposed to external contradictory sources and messages, advertising, and the media (Boonmongkon et al. 2019, 263). Most often, specific information and data can be incorrectly perceived and reproduced. Despite strict upbringing, such a phenomenon can also cause unpleasant consequences for citizens.
Consequently, today, children are in great need of special education and training in sexual aspects. In the current realities, educational institutions in Thailand need special, unique restructuring and radical changes. Nevertheless, there are many gaps, shortcomings, and omissions in the social policy of the state and the development of specific destructive processes in the life of society. This indicates severe omissions in work aimed at the positive effect of the younger generation and its demoralization. Accordingly, such cases are more of a national problem than a public or global one. By the way, the introduction of sexual education increases awareness about possible risks, reducing the level of criminal activity (Boonmongkon et al. 2019, 264). In particular, such modifications concern education on sexual subtleties and connections with the opposite gender.
In conclusion, the following key concepts concerning the above-mentioned thesis and issue are worth noting. The lack of sexual enlightenment in the educational system of Thailand develops and spreads sexual sensuality and debauchery, especially without the consent of one of the parties to the sexual act. Some parents and teachers “protest” against sex education, complaining about the sensuality of children and the “taking away of childhood.” Supporters see it as a tool to combat the epidemic, high rates of teenage pregnancy, and the spread of sexist and violent behaviors. Therefore, if no special measures and counteractions are taken, the above problems will only increase every year, and it will be much more difficult to eradicate them.
Adair, Stephanie, and Hathai Techakitteranun. 2021. “The Problem with Sex Education in Thailand.” Thai Public Broadcasting Service. Web.
Boonmongkon, Pimpawun, Manash Shrestha, Nattharat Samoh, Kunakorn Kanchawee, Pimnara Peerawarunun, Petcharat Promnart, Timo Ojanen and Thomas E. Guadamuz. 2019. “Comprehensive Sexuality Education in Thailand? A Nationwide Assessment of Sexuality Education Implementation in Thai Public Secondary Schools.” Sexual health 16 (3): 263-273. Web.