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Health and Family Life Education mandatory in schools

Published:Thursday | July 4, 2013 | 9:55 AM

The Ministry of Education has made it mandatory that schools teach Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) as a core subject.

The requirement applies to all schools from the Early Childhood level to high school.

Addressing the school leaving ceremony at Ocho Rios Primary School yesterday, Thwaites stressed that Health and Family Life Education is as necessary as all the other subjects and the time allotted should not be used for other subject areas.

The HFLE curriculum was withdrawn last year because some parents and teachers objected to the previous material for grades 7-9.

The education minister had also suggested it was promoting homosexuality.

It has now been revised and Thwaites says all material in the curriculum are age-appropriate and sensitive to the traditional beliefs and practices of the Jamaican Society.


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