The BBC is reporting that UKIP leader Nigel Farage has had to clarify his party’s policy on sex education in schools after he appeared to make a U-turn during a live debate…
Mr Farage told an audience of young people that children under 11 should get sex and relationship education.
UKIP’s deputy leader and education spokesman Paul Nuttall had previously said it should be axed for this group.
Mr Farage said he had “never advocated that” but later admitted that what Mr Nuttall said was party policy.
His comments came during a Leaders Live event organised by voter engagement group Bite The Ballot, and streamed live by YouTube and ITV News.
Asked about his position on banning sex education for under 11s, Mr Farage said: “I’ve never advocated that policy. If somebody in UKIP in the past did, well, so be it, but I think that people need to have a rounded education and sex education is part of that.”
The questioner pointed out that the commitment to scrapping it was on the party’s website, to which Mr Farage replied: “I know there was a debate about sex education for four-year-olds, and whether that was appropriate but I don’t think the age 11 was ever mentioned.”
UKIP’s website states that its policy is to: “Scrap sex and relationship education for children under the age of 11.”
Mr Nuttall also told the party conference in Doncaster this autumn that “UKIP is committed to the scrapping of sex and relationship education for children under the age of 11”.
Mr Farage later tweeted: “Sorry, I missed the beginning of Mr Nuttall’s conference speech. He did indeed lay out policy on sex education” – with a link to the conference speech…
So is it clear now – are they for or against sex education for under 11s? I guess this means against? Your thoughts? Please share in the comments or via Twitter…
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