An Analysis of Students’ Perception of Sex Education Programmes and Their Effects on Adolescent Sexual Behaviour in KNUST Junior High School, Kumasi

Naana Yaa Gyamea Kumah, Francis Kyere, Agnes Barnie Agyemang


The subject of sex education is of perennial concern to boys and girls because both their natural proclivities and the accepted patterns of adolescent behaviour differ substantially from the morals handed down to us. Every adolescent, like every adult is at times torn by conflict between urges and the rules laid down by his grandmother or his superego. Many young people need help in handling the conflict. This survey was conducted to find out the perception of students on sex education programs and their effect on adolescent sexual behaviour with a sample size of 175 selected from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Junior High School. Findings revealed that there indeed is a close relationship between sex education and positive sexual behaviour of students. The study recommends that more schools should get involved in spreading the knowledge on sex education and seminars can also be organized for the students just as Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Junior High School does sometimes.

Keywords: Adolescent, Sexual Behaviour, Sexuality, Education, Sex

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