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Thwaites declares no condoms in schools

Published:Thursday | May 16, 2013 | 10:43 AM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer



Education Minister Ronald Thwaites has declared that the Government of which he is a part will not be distributing condoms in schools.




Thwaites made the announcement while making his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in Parliament yesterday afternoon.



He said health officials in the school and community healthcare system must know what to do when students are in danger of sexual abuse. 



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



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



Thwaites said his Government will not be grooming children towards same-sex unions.



He confirmed that a revised health and family life teaching manual, pulled last year because of controversy over issues of sexuality, will be re-introduced next school year.



Thwaites says while there is an insistence on tolerance and love for those of a homosexual orientation, the Government maintains that the basis for a family is marriage between man and woman.



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