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JFJ questions methodology of committee probing sex-ed course

Published:Thursday | August 28, 2014 | 9:36 AM

Human rights group, Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) is questioning the methodology used to probe its implementation of a sex-education course in six children’s homes.

The JFJ has admitted to the unauthorised implementation of the course in the privately-run children's homes.

On Tuesday, the committee probing the issue told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that it did not consult the JFJ throughout its investigation.

Its chairperson, Maxine Henry-Wilson, says the group was not consulted because doing so would have breached the terms of reference of the investigating body.

However, JFJ’s chairman, Dr Barry Wade says it would have been important for his organisation to be consulted in order to understand the context in which the course was implemented in the eight months leading up to May.

Wade says while he is not yet questioning the credibility of the report, the committee must address the concerns over the how the probe was carried out.

The JFJ has written to Youth Minister Lisa Hanna requesting a copy of the committee's report.

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

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