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Education Minister meets with lobby group concerned about sex-ed curriculum

Published:Thursday | May 5, 2016 | 5:39 PM
Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid says he made it clear that the ministry’s philosophical position is that gender is fixed as male and female.

Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid today met with the advocacy group that recently expressed concern about the sexual education content in schools.

The Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society had said some content on sexuality introduced students to ideas on homosexuality and went against the belief system of Jamaicans.

The group called for the education ministry to review the Comprehensive Sexuality Education and Health and Family Life Education curricula in schools.

However, Reid says he made it clear that the ministry’s philosophical position is that gender is fixed as male and female.

Reid says the books used with the Health and Family Life Education curriculum were recently reviewed and their contents are in conformity with Jamaica’s philosophical position on sexuality and gender.

But he says the ministry will take into consideration the concerns raised by local advocacy groups to ensure that the curriculum reflects Jamaica’s values and philosophical perspectives.

Reid says he will ask Cabinet to pronounce Jamaica’s position on sexuality education in order to provide guidelines for the country’s representatives who have to participate in international fora.

The current Health and Family Life Education curriculum on sexuality education was reviewed in 2012, following claims that it violated Jamaican norms and values.