2pc of primary school pupils have had sex

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 13 July, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 13 July, 2010, 12:00am

Two per cent of primary school pupils polled in a survey said they had experienced sexual intercourse, with half reporting they were raped.

The End Child Sexual Abuse Foundation surveyed more than 4,500 children from Primary Five and Primary Six across 24 schools from March to May. The average age was just over 11 years. Forty-three per cent of the respondents were girls.

Ninety-two pupils said they had had intercourse, 50 of whom said they were forced to have sex. Sixteen had used condoms and 10 had taken contraceptive pills.

More than half the pupils polled said they were worried about pregnancy because they would not want their relatives to find out.

Dr Monit Cheung, chairwoman of the foundation's counselling committee, called for a better sex-education curriculum, one that included more 'concrete' details such as the definition of intercourse and explanations of sexual behaviour.