Hanna Must Provide Explanation On Controverial Curriculum At Children's Homes - Grange

Release Date: 
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 16:30

Opposition Spokesperson on Youth, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, is demanding an immediate probe into an apparent breakdown in administration and operations at children's homes which saw wards of the state being exposed to the controversial content in a curriculum delivered by Jamaicans For Justice (JFJ).

Ms. Grange said: "The Opposition finds disturbing, news surfacing on the weekend by way of a report in Sunday Gleaner, that children's homes operating under the auspices of the Child Development Agency (CDA) had wards being taught and exposed to controversial material on lifestyle and other sensitive issues in a JFJ-devised curriculum."

"We find it even more disturbing however, that Youth & Culture Minister, Lisa Hanna, in response to the expose, has demonstrated the extent to which she is unaware of key developments concerning agencies within her remit. 

Controversial developments under Minister Hanna's watch have become all too frequent.  It is high time she improves her management of the portfolio, especially in light of its sensitivities, and that she provides the kind of leadership that will herald greater levels of accountability in caring for our children, and bridge existing gaps between her Ministry and its agencies."

The Opposition Spokesperson said nothing less than a detailed probe and report to the nation are required from Minister Hanna at this time, as the country needs an explanation of how the controversial literature could have found its way into these critical institutions.  "It is high time that a culture of accountability and professional responsibility be developed amongst those tasked with providing care and support to our nation's children", Ms. Grange added.

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