‘Hathe Ape Potha’ textbook to be reintroduced

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Minister of Health Keheliya Rambukwella said they will take steps to reintroduce the Grade 7 textbook ‘Hathe Ape Potha,’ citing the importance of sex education.

Rambukwella said this while participating in a Twitter Spaces discussion with Opposition MP Rohini Kavirathna on the topic ‘Policymaking to Menstruate with Confidence.’

Responding to tweets in this regard and discussing the importance of sex education, Rambukwella said while suggestions may receive criticism, it is their responsibility to determine which will be a long-term solution, rather than focusing on specific individuals’ meaningless rhetoric.

Both the MPs discussed many progressive ideas regarding period poverty and accessibility of menstrual hygiene products and legalising abortion and the importance of sex education.

MP Kavirathna emphasised about promoting the use of condoms as part of safe sex practices.

Meanwhile, responding to a comment by the host, MP Kavirathna also said there are many progressive discussions that take place in Parliament, yet parliamentary reporting is limited to the one or two mispronunciations or quarrels that take place in Parliament, which also goes viral, rather than progressive discussions which take place in the House.

By Nabiya Vaffoor