There is a growing trend of homosexuality in Dominican schools, according to Education Minister Peter St Jean.
The Minister indicated this while announcing at an official function, that he was reassigning one of the ministry’s key officials to investigate “deviance and homosexuality” in schools.
“The task of investigating and identifying the root causes of deviance and the increasing incidents of homosexuality among our student population,” has been assigned to former Secondary School Principal Simeon Joseph, the minister confirmed.
St Jean’s statement referred to a growing level of crime and violence “that seems to have pervaded our schools”.
Joseph has been tasked with making recommendations “including a practical and achievable work plan to the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development”.
“Mr Simeon Joseph will be the Ministry’s champion on the issue of crime and violence, and if you want to say, inappropriate behaviors among our youth of school age,” St Jean said.
The education minister’s homosexuality concern appears to have taken many off guard – not much has been said officially about that matter prior to St Jean’s statement on Wednesday.
The violence issue is a well documented one however, through media reports on a number of incidents in which students have attacked and injured teachers at a well known secondary school and at other educational institutions.
Saint Jean’s homosexuality concerns were articulated as he addressed a closing ceremony for 67 French teachers who underwent training over a four-year period organised by the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, in collaboration with the Universite des Antilles et de la Guyane, and the Dominica State College.