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Malaysia planning sex education for 6-year-olds

KUALA LUMPUR -- Children as young as six will be given sex education in Malaysian primary schools from next year, an official said Sunday, as part of a drive to curb "baby-dumping," promiscuity and HIV.

Malaysian deputy education minister Wee Ka Siong told AFP that pupils aged between six and 11-years-old will study the new curriculum, which has been designed with the help of parents and civil society groups.

The plan follows Thursday's announcement that sex education will be taught in secondary schools across the conservative Muslim-majority country from next year.

Last month, Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said the classes were being considered as part of a plan to tackle the issue of baby-dumping, in which babies have been left to die in toilets and rubbish dumps.

In 2009 there were 79 cases of baby-dumping but as of mid-September this year there had already been about 70, sparking alarm among authorities and the public.

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