The qualitative study aimed to explore the
perceptions of Grade 11 learners towards school-based
sex education in Randburg, Johannesburg. A
phenomenological design was used and a sample of 5 male
and 5 female Grade 11 learners was obtained through
snowball sampling. Thematic analysis was used to analyze
the data. Findings of the study indicated that while
learners believed that sex education in schools was
appropriate, it was shallow and needed a more in-depth
approach. Learners believed that emotional issues
regarding sexual activity needed to be discussed and that
LGBTQIA youth should be catered for. 5
recommendations were identified and included an open,
honest learning environment; in-depth classes as well as a
learner-focused approach to sex education.
Keywords : Sex, school based sex education, LGBTQIA, schools, sexuality.