J-FLAG Clarifies Position On Provide Counselling For Students About Sexuality
The Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) today that it is not their aim to provide counselling for students about sexuality.
The gay rights activist group made this statement as they came under fire over a release it issued this week after reports surfaced that the over 800 public school guidance councillors are refusing to help students who are lesbians and gays.
J-FLAG in their release said they were willing to help the education ministry and guidance counsellors improve their assistance to students who have problems with their sexuality.
The clarification was necessary after the offer was met with strong resistance from the Love March Movement and the National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica (NPTAJ). The organization president Everton Hannam said that “The NPTAJ rejects totally, the offer made by J-FLAG to conduct counselling in schools,” he described it as another attempt by the lobby group to introduce elements of a controversial health and family life course.
The Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites disclosed that his ministry is interested in involving all stakeholders in providing solutions.