A book for 12-year-old grade seven pupils containing some controversial subjects on sexuality was withdrawn from Mozambique’s education curriculum.
The education ministry said the natural sciences book that has been in use from 2004 addresses subjects such as masturbation and sexual orientation.
The book with topics “generating controversy in society” will no longer be taught, the ministry said.
The book will be replaced next year but the education ministry has urged schools “not to address these issues”.
“We talked to the publisher to remove that page”, said Ismael Nheze, the director of the National Institute of Education Development.
For some communities in Mozambique, teaching issues on sexuality to young people is considered a taboo.
For some people, sex education for children at this age group may promote premature marriages and early pregnancies.