Govt review of sex education underway

EDUCATION Minister Jeff Lloyd.

EDUCATION Minister Jeff Lloyd.


EDUCATION Minister Jeff Lloyd yesterday said the government is reviewing school curriculum to ensure that it is “relevant for the 21st century,” including increasing sexual education for students.

Stating that a revised syllabus is “very much underway,” Mr Lloyd explained that sex ed, which comes under reproductive health in family life classes, is one of the subjects under review.

“As you know one of the items on the agenda of the Free National Movement government in education this term is a reformed curriculum,” he said.

“So absolutely we’re looking at everything involving reproductive health, particularly in an era where there are (not only) so many sexually transmitted diseases, but other varieties of incidences involving sex.”

Following the release of a recent Department of Public Health report which revealed an increase in sexually transmitted diseases among young people, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands also said the country must “acknowledge the problem” so that it can be adequately addressed.

“I think we have a real challenge that the greatest number of new cases of HIV and the greatest burden of sexually transmitted infections is occurring in our young people,” he told The Tribune.

“And so we are losing our young people in part to sexually transmitted infections,” he furthered.

Dr Sands said he also intends to “have a discussion” with Mr Lloyd to determine the best way to address the situation.

“Understand that health has a perspective and education has a perspective and ultimately we will continue to collaborate,” he said.


Well_mudda_take_sic 4 years, 6 months ago

Minnis, please fire this arse before we end up with the next generation of Bahamians having a grade Z- level of education.


TheMadHatter 4 years, 6 months ago

No Dr Sands - the time for discussion is way past over. It is time for action. Each month compile from all the clinics and even private doctors the amount spent on examinations, medicines, etc. And count in $100,000 for each life lost. Divide the grand total by the total number of pastors, reverends, deacons, priests, apostles, prophets, prophetesses, etc. and send a bill to each of the buzzards and make them pay the cost.
The church insists on ignorance, let them pay the bill for it. They believe God made an error in the area of human sexuality. Fine. Let them wait until after they die to discuss the matter with Him. This whole idiotic view by the churches is the reason that centuries ago they destroyed the tablets recording the history of Jesus from the ages of 13-29. They probably killed his sons and daughters after they crucified him.


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