The Ministry of Health proudly speaks of the National Vision 2030 that was a part of the Jamaica Labour Party's campaign and vision. In part in reads:
As a united family at home and abroad, we commit to a vision in which:
• we ensure equitable access to modern education and training appropriate to the
needs of each person and the nation
• we provide quality and timely healthcare for the mental, physical and emotional
well-being of our people
• our children and our children’s children can continue to enjoy the unique
environmental and cultural treasures of our island home
• we seek out and support the entrepreneurial talents of our people
• we create prosperity through the sustainable use of resources and access to
innovative technology in our urban and rural communities
• we provide full access to efficient and reliable infrastructure and services
• we are the premier destination to visit and do business
• we hold to, and build on, those positive core values and attitudes that have made
us distinctly Jamaican
• we resolve conflicts through dialogue and mediation
• we treat each other with respect and dignity
• we all have a meaningful voice in the decision-making of our country
• we create a safe and secure society
• we know our rights and responsibilities and stand equal before the
We especially seek to create a secure future for our vulnerable population
in ensuring that:
• each child has equal opportunity to develop their full potential through access
to the best care, affection and protection
• our youth are empowered to contribute meaningfully in building and
strengthening the communities to which they belong
• our elderly and persons with disabilities are fully integrated within society, have
access to appropriate care and support services and are treated as valuable
• no one falls into, or remains in poverty for lack of adequate support.
“One love, one heart, one Jamaica”
THE STAR was informed that the incident took place last Wednesday and has since become the talk of the town.
"Me get a likkle news that dem ketch two likkle pickney inna the classroom a sex ... dem seh a all the while dem do it," a resident from the parish told THE STAR.
Another resident who claimed to have heard about the incident explained to THE STAR that, "him and the girl did a do it ... but you know seh man bun dem thing deh," which resulted in the boy being assaulted.
When contacted, the vice-principal of the school in question was tight-lipped about the matter and offered only a brief statement. "From time to time, the students say things but I don't want to comment sir," she remarked.
According to the Jamaica Reproductive Health Survey of 2002-2003, among youth ages 15 to 24, the mean age at first sexual intercourse was 13.5 among young men and 15.8 among young women.
In a 2001 survey of more than 1,000 adolescents, 73.7 percent of 15-19 year olds and 9.5 percent of 10-14 year olds reported being sexually active.
In the same survey, while 86 percent acknowledge pregnancy and STIs as risks of unprotected sex, only 12.6 percent viewed themselves personally at risk. Knowing this the surprise in the case above is the boys were demanded their "victim" to perform oral sex on them which may not suggest they are young homosexuals either, same sex experimentation in youth is not uncommon and is not any indication of the orientation of the child or future adult behaviour but this is my lay man's look at it. Schools however need to now realize they have to prepare themselves for cases of same gender scenarios and at the policy level the Ministry of Education is going to have to face reality these children today are far more exploratory in a sense than the previous generation.