Principal: Schools can't fix social issues such as pornography

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Newstalk ZB Staff,
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Audio,
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Wednesday, 12 September 2018, 5:50p.m.
ERO has called on schools to teach students more about sexual violence and pornography. (Photo / Getty)

High schools are being told to teach about pornography and sexual violence so teenagers learn what's healthy and what's not.

The Education Review Office has released its first review of sexuality education in schools since 2007.

The agency says sex education hasn't improved in a decade, and students are being let down.

One of its main criticisms is that schools have not kept pace with an explosion of access to pornography and other sexual content on smartphones and social media.

President of the Secondary Principals Association Michael Williams told Larry Williams that parents have a responsibility to do this rather than teachers.

He says that the ERO only visited 16 schools and 100 primary schools.

“So the predominance of talking about pornography and sexual violence, I’m not sure where they’ve drawn that conclusion from such a small example of secondary schools.”

He says that most schools would cover issues like pornography, but that they can’t fix social problems.

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