Psychologists defend sex text
Two psychologists are maintaining that the controversial sections of the health and family life education curriculum pulled by the Ministry of Education are needed in schools.
The content is geared towards Grades 7 and 8 students and deals with issues of sexuality.
The Minister of Education, Ronald Thwaites, said there were a number of leading questions that sought to condition students towards a homosexual lifestyle.
However, assistant clinical psychologist, Dr. Donisha Burke says given data suggesting children are engaged in sex, it is important that they learn about their sexuality.
Clinical sexologist and psychologist, Dr. Karen Carpenter, said two of three exercises the Ministry of Education deems offensive are standard HIV prevention control questions.
The curriculum was revised over the 2009 to 2011 period and distributed to schools last September.
The Ministry of Education is expected tomorrow to meet with all the local and international stakeholders, who helped to develop the document to continue discussions on the way forward.