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Effects of Sexuality Education on Gender Among Secondary School Students In Ekiti State, Nigeria


The study investigated the effects of Sexuality Education on gender among senior secondary school students in Ekiti State, Nigeria. The study also examined the knowledge and attitude of students on Sexuality Education. It is a descriptive survey research with a population of 150 respondents drawn from three senatorial districts of the state; seventy-three (73) males and eighty-seven female students participated in the study. A self-constructed instrument titled the Sexuality Education questionnaire was used to obtain information from the students. In contrast, a multi-stage sampling technique was used to select students from three senior secondary schools in three state senatorial districts, using a self-constructed instrument titled Sexuality Education Questionnaire (SEQ). The reliability was ensured using the test-retest method. The study’s results showed that male students recorded a higher-mean gain in the achievement of Sexuality Education, while female students recorded a higher mean increase in attitude score. The result also revealed that students with low self-efficacy recorded higher mean- gain in achievement and attitude scores towards Sexuality Education. The study concluded that teaching Sexuality Education is improved in schools to achieve the curriculum objectives. It was, therefore, suggested that more emphasis be laid on the teaching of Sexuality issues in schools. Government should also organise seminars and workshops for teachers and students on Sexuality issues. In addition, curriculum developers should extend the teaching of Sexuality Education to the primary school level, informal and non-formal settings.

Keywords: Ekiti State, Gender, Self-Efficacy, Sexuality Education, Students

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