then came JFLAG's response:
Thwaites was responding to recent allegations that surfaced in the media regarding the refusal of several guidance counsellors to work with students who are viewed as homosexuals.
“It’s not only the responsibility of the schools and guidance counsellors to do this. The pervasive homophobia in the Jamaican society cannot be dealt with by the education system alone. It must be dealt with [by] persons endowed with the love of God, parents who have responsibilities for their children and know them best, and very respectfully and very trenchantly by the mass media along with all the purveyors of culture,” Thwaites said. He was responding to questions fielded from a group of journalists who had gathered at the HEART Trust/NTA corporate offices in St Andrew for a press conference hosted by the ministry of education to provide an update on the current state of the education ministry, as well as to share projected plans for the 2016/2017 academic year.
Thwaites said that while no student, regardless of sexuality, should be discriminated against, it is important that the matter is addressed so as to prevent further hiccups in moving forward.
Urgent need to discuss Sex & sexuality nationally part 1
URGENT NEED TO DISCUSS SEX & SEXUALITY NATIONALLY PART 2
The UTECH Student Abuse and the podcast/audio-post
Also see: New sex education manual in two months and Defending Family Life Curriculum
Podcasts and related audio:
Urgent Need to Discuss Sex & Sexuality Nationally (Part 2)
"Str8up Talkshow" on Newstalk on controversial HFLE book with anal sex questions
Newstalk FM's Jerry Small on the UTECH issue (collective security point)
Happy that both issues are being kept alive as too many times we have nine day wonders for important matters and the mainstream media does not do the necessary follow up. The Minister of Education was more prepared to find scapegoats and motives imputing a "gay agenda" behind the questions in the manual while pulling this important resource from the schools and bearing in the mind argued guided imagery exercise was a private one between the student and the specially trained guidance counsellors exposed to the manual's outline and delivery methodology. Pandering to the religious powers?as he himself is a man of the cloth, what about separation of Church and state?
Here was one of those religious zealots on the matter at the time:
Shirley Richards on the withdrawal of the controversial HFLE curriculum/book