Melbourne parents are being asked to cough up for sex-education classes at state schools. 

Under-trained teachers have meant that an external provider has had to step in to fill the gap. 

Unfortunately these programs, run by Family Planning Victoria, are only partly subsidised and parents are being asked to foot the rest of the bill. 

Family Planning Victoria’s school’s team manager Bonnie Lee said they fill a crucial skill-gap.

“When teachers are then expected to teach these classes they tell us that they experience a lack of confidence, knowledge and skills in this area,” she said.

“Teachers need to be highly skilled in being able to answer tricky questions in age and developmentally appropriate ways and to provide discussions that are non-biased and inclusive.”

The issue here is that sex education is really important and state schools must provide it from Prep to Year 10.

So parents are feeling rightly aggrieved that they have to fork out for their kids to get a proper education. 

At the moment, schools are only required to offer some sort of sex-ed – but it doesn’t have to be free.