The Trinidad and Tobago Council of Evangelical Churches says it strongly disapproves of the statement by the Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, Shamfa Cudjoe, that sex education should be taught in schools.
"It is of the opinion, that because of the sensitive nature of the issue, it should be left in the hands of parents," the council said in a statement today.
It added: "While the council acknowledges the concern behind Minister Cudjoe’s suggestion, it fears that to allow sex education in schools will open the door to increased sexual immorality through secular teachings on sexual behaviour. It is not a good idea to allow children to learn about sex from “any and everybody,” for the teachings of those to whom this responsibility will be entrusted may not align with the Bible."
The council goes on to quote the book of Hebrews in the Bible, within which chapter 13:4 states that, “Marriage should be honoured by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.”
"Therefore, anything contrary to that statement is incorrect. Furthermore, with the current push to normalize LGBTQIA behaviour in the country, the council is also concerned that part of sex education in schools, if introduced, would include the teaching of LGBTQIA behaviour, and the council’s stand on that has been abundantly clear from the inception. It also disapproves of that. All things considered, the council is emphatic that absolutely no consideration should be given to Minister Cudjoe’s suggestion that sex education should be taught in schools, and that it is the responsibility of parents to teach their children about sex," the council said.