HFLE Teachers’ Manual withdrawn Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:00

HFLE Teacher's ManualTuesday, September 11th, 2012.

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MoEYS) hereby informs all stakeholders and the general public that a decision has been taken by the Ministry to withdraw the teachers’ manual, Education Today for a Healthy Tomorrow: Teacher’s Guide: Lessons for the HFLE Curriculum in its current form as a resource for teachers in support of teaching aspects of the Health and Family Education Curriculum (HFLE).
In response to concerns raised in certain segments of the media and community in December 2011, the MoEYS requested those who were at the forefront of these concerns (a committee spearheaded by Pastor Wade) to submit these concerns and feedback on the teachers’ manual in writing.  These were received in February of this year.  Subsequently, and in response to the written feedback, the Ministry of Education decided to convene a committee consisting of representatives from the MoEYS, the committee spearheaded by Pastor Wade, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Human Development and the stakeholder bodies of the National Council for Education and the National Council for Technical and Vocational Education.  The main task of this committee was to review the manual to assess its fit with the objectives/learning outcomes of the HFLE curriculum, the accuracy of its content and the age approp-riateness and cultural sensitiveness of specific content and on the basis of such assessment to make recom-mendations for possible revision of the guide and strategies to more effectively engage parents in schools as it relates to HFLE and in particular to educating pupils about Sex, Sexuality and Sexual and Reproductive Health (S&RH).  This decision to establish this committee for this purpose was taken just prior to the General Elections of March 2012.  Consequent upon the holding of these elections, the committee was not convened before the elections.  Subsequent to the elections, although the Ministry has been able to solicit the representatives of this committee, other intervening matters mitigated against the meeting of the committee.

Given this fact and surrounding context, the Ministry has decided to withdraw the manual in its current form.  The Ministry will however proceed with convening the representative review committee which was composed earlier this year.

As indicated in our Press Release of December 12th, 2011 on this same subject, while the Ministry is concerned about assertions (or aspersions) in the media about hidden agendas in the manual that could undermine the true intent of the HFLE curriculum, it is nonetheless open to honest, productive dialogue with stakeholders on any concerns that may be raised that will advance the ultimate objective of ensuring that all Belizeans acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes for their full personal development and for their full and active participation in the development of Belize.  Therefore, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports remains open to honest, productive dialogue as it has always been provided that such dialogue does not undermine the educational good of our people and country.