Schools are being accused of going too far in what they teach children about sex.

The often-graphic nature of today's sex education lessons is considered perfectly acceptable, and necessary, by some parents, but many others are shocked and say it has gone too far.

Secondary Principals' Association president Patrick Walsh said sex education was taught as early as intermediate school nowadays and was different from what many parents would have learned.

The focus was no longer on reproductive health but on sexually transmitted diseases, sexual practices and keeping safe.

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