The debate over the sexual education being taught to Year 6 students in PSCD lessons will go all the way to court, after Ivan Grech Mintoff, the leader of the small party Alleanza Bidla, pledged to sue the Education Ministry.
“Alleanza Bidla will be taking legal action against the Ministry for teaching early sexualisation and the very harmful gender indoctrination agenda to our children that goes against the parents’ beliefs, without their prior knowledge or their consent,” Grech Mintoff said in a Facebook post this morning.
The debate circles around a PSCD activity book which is provided to Year 6 students and which introduces them to concepts such as sexuality, pregnancy, puberty, sexual orientations and sexual harassment
It urges children to discuss things regarding their development that concern them, encourages discussion about sexual encounters, and introduces them to terms such as ‘wet dream’, ‘sexual abuse’ and ‘consent’.
Notably, it also includes this warning:
“Remember that your body is yours and you have the right to say NO if someone forces you or tells you to do something you do not want to do. Remember also that you have a right to accept hugs and kisses, but not everybody is the same, so before you kiss or hug someone ask them first. You can phone on the telephone number 179.”
The book was flagged earlier this month by a mother, who described its content as “filthy and diabolical” in a video that went viral on social media. As an example, she warned the book contains pictures of a ‘gay superhero’ and a dialogue between a prebuscent boy and girl describing their feelings when they approach each other.
The Education Ministry responded by publishing the book for all to see, insisting that its content was age-appropriate.