Mozambique has removed a Grade 7 textbook from the education curriculum due to sex issues.

The Ministry of Education in Mozambique has pulled a batch of Grade Seven textbooks from the curriculum because they contain certain controversial sexuality subjects.

The natural sciences book, which has been in use since 2004, covers topics such as masturbation and sexual orientation. Following controversy about the topics, it has now been removed from classrooms.

The decision to pull the book was prompted by opposition from some parents who pointed out that teaching youngsters about sex is prohibited in some groups.

Some parents also believed that teaching sex education to Grade 7 students, who are only 13 years old, would encourage early marriages and pregnancies.

The government stated that the book will be replaced next year, but in the meanwhile, teachers should avoid using it.

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