THE EDITOR, Sir:
Research findings show that there is a need for increased access to appropriate and accurate information pertaining to diversity as it relates to gender and sexuality in Jamaica's public schools.
In the absence of or the inadequacy of these resources, one can't be surprised by the increasing 'culture of bullying' that exists in many institutions.
The creation of a safe school environment for every child, regardless of gender identity, or sexual orientation, is reason compelling enough for the minister of education to ensure that every child's right to an education is not hindered or impeded by others.
To this end, aspects of the Educational Code of Regulations in speaking to the subject of 'bullying' must highlight and enumerate gender identity, sexual orientation and expression as "prohibited categories". Furthermore, there must be close scrutiny of these issues where the code is silent and the matter referred to the parliamentary legislature where corrective measures can be instituted.
G. GEORGE WILSON (Rev Dr)
Springfield PO, St Elizabeth