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Parent-Teachers' Association backs government's decision on condom distribution policy

Published:Monday | January 26, 2015 | 9:35 AM

The National Parent-Teachers' Association, is supporting the Government's decision not to to implement a policy allowing the wide scale distribution of condoms in schools.

Chairman of the National Family Planning Board, Dr Sandra Knight, has been calling for minors to be given access to condoms and other reproductive health services.

However, Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites, who is a Roman Catholic clergyman, says condoms will only be given to students who principals and guidance counsellors determine are in need.

In a statement supporting the no-distribution policy, the parent-teachers’ association said sex education should be taught in schools and not practiced.

It agreed with Thwaites that children should be taught to restrain themselves.

The Jamaica Teachers' Association has said the suggestions for the distribution of condoms in schools is unethical and illegal.

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