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Lobby group wants sex education curriculum in schools revised

Published:Wednesday | April 20, 2016 | 4:51 PM
Speaking at a forum which was held at the Covenant City Church in St Andrew, yesterday, President of the Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society, Dr Wayne West, said he is not against children being informed about issues of sex and health.

A local lobby group is seeking to get the education minister to stop the teaching of the Comprehensive Sexuality Education and the Health and Family Life Education curricula in school.

The Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society says it will be sending a letter on the matter to Senator Ruel Reid.

Speaking at a forum which was held at the Covenant City Church in St Andrew, yesterday, President of the coalition, Dr Wayne West, said he is not against children being informed about issues of sex and health.

However, he stresses that the sex education content should be wholesome and age appropriate.

 

President of The Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society, Dr Wayne West

In 2012, there was public uproar over the health and family life education curriculum being taught in schools, with concerns that aspects of it encouraged homosexuality.

It was subsequently withdrawn and revised in 2013 with then education minister Ronald Thwaites indicating that it was now age-appropriate and sensitive to the traditional beliefs and practices of the Jamaican Society.