Some schools not ready for sex ed courses until beginning of next year

Sex education in Quebec schools is supposed to be on the agenda as of this fall.

Now it looks like several won't be ready until the first few months of next year.

"Very little has moved in the springtime," said Sébastien Joly, president of the Quebec Provincial Association of Teachers, representing teachers in the English-speaking sector.

"Some schoolboards are still in the process of identifying which teachers might be teaching the topic."

Some like the Riverside School Board have the lesson plans ready, with ongoing training and some teachers ready as of mid-October.

Some like the English Montreal School Board are preparing the curriculum and hoping to have it ready this month.

Joly said most elementary schools will likely wait until spring before rolling it out since they only have five hours to teach - high schools have 15 hours.

"That's where the English school boards are struggling -  is to find the people or professionals to support the teachers to teach some very delicate topics," said Joly in an interview with CJAD 800.

Joly said even if they find the teachers, they still have to prepare.

"It's not three hours on a Friday afternoon - it takes time; it takes time to organize the teaching activities," said Joly.

The return of sex ed in schools comes after a pilot project launched three years ago.