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Committee says consulting JFJ would have been inappropriate in sex-ed probe

Published:Tuesday | August 26, 2014 | 6:35 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

A committee investigating the implementation of a sex education course in children’s homes says it would have been inappropriate to interview the project developers, human rights group, Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ).

The JFJ has written to Youth Minister Lisa Hanna requesting a copy of the committee's report, adding that it was never asked to participate in the probe.

However, chairman of the committee, Maxine Henry-Wilson, says JFJ was not consulted because doing so would have breached the terms of reference of the investigating body.

Last week, Hanna disclosed that she received the committee's report.

The Youth Minister also said she would have discussions with the committee before updating the Cabinet and the Prime Minister.

The JFJ has admitted to the unauthorized implementation of the sex education course in six privately-run children's homes.

The course entitled 'Healthy Sexual Growth and Development in Marginalized Youth: Rights, Responsibilities and Life Skills', created a controversy because it included material on anal and oral sex.

A preliminary report had noted that children in some of the homes may have been exposed to content that might not have been appropriate for their ages.

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