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NPTA holds national consultation on sex education

Sunday, April 13 2014

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Zena Ramatali...
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Deeply concerned about reports of escalating sexual activity among students in schools, the National Parent-Teacher Association (NPTA) has planned a national parents’ consultation on sex education for May 10.

The association’s president, Zena Ramatali, said yesterday exual activity in the classrooms was a serious issue and needed an aggressive solution.

“Sex can no longer be seen as taboo. It cannot continue to be swept under the carpet because they (students) have the technology at their fingertips to access sex,” she told Sunday Newsday following an NPTA meeting at Tranquillity Government Primary School in Port-of-Spain.

Ramatali said the NPTA had received several reports of sexual activity involving students in both primary and secondary schools.

“We have heard that there are boys in some primary schools that are performing oral sex on other boys and writing love letters,” she said. “This is what is coming out.”

Last Sunday’s Newsday reported exclusively that three female Form One students at a school in central Trinidad were caught by a security guard performing oral sex on a group of male students in a classroom while six others looked on, awaiting their turn.

School officials later learnt that sexual activity had been taking place in the institution’s washrooms and classrooms for some time. Investigations are continuing.

And on Monday, a Longdenville couple appeared before a Chaguanas magistrate to answer charges of rape after they allegedly assaulted their daughter over a four-year period, between January 1, 2010, and February 28, 2014. The couple was granted $225,000 surety bail on charges of sexual assault on the teenager, whom they allegedly began to assault at age 14. Ramatali said the proposed consultation, which will be held at a school in the Caroni Educational District, will give parents and other stakeholders the opportunity to speak candidly about the issue of sex education as it relates to sexual awareness and the repercussions of early sexual activity.

Ramatali said following the consultation, the NPTA will then formalise its position on the issue.

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