|Parents howl over Indonesian privates survey
Indonesia's education ministry criticized officials in a small town in Aceh province for asking children to assess the size of their genitals in a graphic school survey.
The health questionnaire, distributed to 11- and 12-year-olds Tuesday at a school in the town of Sabang, contained pictures of genitalia and also asked whether students had experienced erotic dreams.
Nurlina said her 12-year-old son was asked to complete the survey, which showed images of both male and female reproductive organs “from the smallest to the biggest, then asked the students which one most looks like theirs.’’
“That's just indecent,'' said the 40-year-old, adding that she complained to the school.
Officials had planned to distribute the survey to the six junior high schools in the town – but only got as far as one before the pictures sparked outrage.
The head of Sabang education office, Misman, insisted the surveys had simply been to assess the health of students.
The official, who goes by one name, said he had no idea about the pictures – which he described as “too vulgar'' – before parents complained.
He said a similar survey had been distributed last year but it did not contain the pictures.
Ibnu Hamad, a spokesman for the education ministry in Jakarta, said: “It is totally unnecessary because there is no need to measure the size of students genitals for any purpose.’’