Independent Study TitleUnpacking the Contributing Factors of Inadequate Sex Education at School in Bangladesh and Better Policy Recommendations
AuthorMr. Utpol Roy
DegreeMaster of Arts (Public Policy)
AdvisorAsst. Prof. Dr.Piyapong Boossabong




The teenage people face several challenges in their adolescent period due to body changes and sexuality, and that they require proper sex education. With this, this study emerges by aiming to explore the contributing factors of inadequate sex education at schools by using the case of Bangladesh. It collects data by conducting a review of the variety of sources and analyzes those available data by adopting Social Ecological Model as the analytical framework to understand the contributing factors from individual to policy level. This study found that there is no comprehensive sex education policy. Moreover, the sex education interventions are not available at all schools. Furthermore, the study found the teachers feel uncomfortable teaching due to lack of proper training. The parents are not confident to talk with their children as they have insufficient knowledge about sex education’s topics. The cultural and religious barriers are also responsible for inadequate sex education. To improve these, this study recommends the initiation of concrete and separate sex education policy with the special focus on implanting interventions for the teachers’ training. Additionally, the government can introduce community engagement programs to create awareness with the participation of parents, religious leaders, political leaders, etc.


Keywords: Sex education, public policy, sexuality, adolescent health, interventions


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