Schools need sex help

Schools are flooding the Barbados Family Planning Association with calls for help because of rampant sexual activity among pupils, the Association’s Executive Director, Juliette Bynoe-Sutherland, has said.

Speaking at the Association’s 62nd annual general meeting held at the Yacht Club last night, she told members, staff, volunteers, and well-wishers the demand for assistance had increased, particularly over the last two years.

BFPA Chief Executive Juliette Bynoe-Sutherland addressing the AGM last night.

Bynoe-Sutherland spoke of the organization receiving calls from schools, with a caller in one instance saying, ‘We have a group of people who are having sex in the cafeteria as if it is just after school ping pong snacks’.

She lamented that though the organization had been able to respond, “a lot is happening in the school system with sexuality and the demand for services is outstripping our capacity to supply, and it is an area that we need more volunteers, and more people”.


BFPA members and volunteers at the AGM last night.

Bynoe-Sutherland also said the association’s response was being restricted by the laws of the land.

“Youth access to services is still limited by legislation and policy, and we are hoping that we can urge [the authorities] for an increased focus on testing, particularly HIV testing and STI testing among 16 and 17-year-olds.

“We are allowing 16 and 17-year-olds to have sex lawfully, but we don’t promote the kind of mechanisms to allow them to get the kind of access services without parental consent”.


BFPA lifetime and honorary members at the AGM last night.

The BFPA official expressed concern that some religious groups occasionally accused the association of promoting “global strange agendas” in schools, when it sought to counsel and help children.

However, she assured this was not the case, saying, “that is not the work that we do.

“Our comprehensive sexuality education, the work that we are doing in schools . . .  is very much grounded in what is culturally age-appropriate, and essentially undergirded by a strong emphasis on human rights and gender.

“We must be able to provide [services to teens],” Bynoe-Sutherland insisted.

12 Responses to Schools need sex help

  1. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince June 26, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Employ councellors….geez

  2. Maria Leclair Dasilva
    Maria Leclair Dasilva June 26, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    I should hope they are free condoms available in the boys and girls washroom. If not they should get on it. These teens having sex in the cafeteria and open areas is just disgusting and disrespectful. These kids obviously do not have any self-respect. I guess their morals went out the window. Looks as though you need to be concerned about also teaching some self-respect, and morals combined with sex education. Makes me question how these teens are being raised. This behaviour is unheard of where I live and wouldn’t be tolerated. Seems to me the schools standards are extremely low. What a shame!

  3. Anfaani Henry
    Anfaani Henry June 26, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Sex Education is not causing kids to have sex in public. It’s the examples set by adults especially around Crop Over with all of the vulgar wukking up and getting on like two pigs and swine in the streets. Saying one thing and doing the opposite. How can you expect the kids to abstain when the adults can’t maintain?

  4. Alex Alleyne June 26, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    “A group of people having sex in the cafeteria” . This is an orgy on school premises . Those persons should be charged. Where is the Head of this School in all this.
    An investigation is needed on this matter. …… Minister Jones , where are you ???????.

  5. BaJan boy June 27, 2016 at 1:05 am

    Jones wouldn’t know what sex is even if you slap him in his face with it.
    My concern is the goal set to alleviate AIDS by 2030 and with this threat we can be jeopardizing our ability to meet the international goals.
    This Government just ain’t ready standards poor and morale in schools at an all time low.

  6. jrsmith June 27, 2016 at 5:54 am

    Too late Barbadian women have become child factories, 3, 5 ,9 12 , these are set figures from our women , this is not me this is all in the media, where are the men..the men are the ones who need punishing. we need a paternity court in Barbados with free (DNA) testing , we need to make the men pay, expose them to the public ..

    I know of my cousin in Barbados who is married , he said he have 7 children from 5 women some of the women are married and he thinks he is the best thing since slice bread. disgusting behaviour…I told him he is a wanker..

  7. Rupert Greaves June 27, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    Long ago it was advocated that there should be a return to single sex schools but I guess that is too old fashioned. People here are as usual becoming political by blaming the Government, calling for Jones, talking about sex education, blaming men, asking about condoms, asking for counselors and all kinds of foolishness. The answer is right there in your face but we prefer to copy. I would like to know the name of the man or woman who decided that boys and girls should be together whilst in school. Are you proud of your decision or suggestion? Does anything like this happen at St. Leonards? Too much copying from overseas. BOYS SHOULD BE WITH BOYS AND GIRLS WITH GIRLS and taught by men and women respectively until after Secondary school. These children should also be taught respect and about the Bible by their parents and Sunday School teachers and stop leaving everything to the Government and Jones. I guess someone would soon be asking “What is a Sunday School teacher?”

  8. Rupert Greaves June 27, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    When I was at school it was Religious Education and now it is Sex Education and no one has seen anything wrong with this morality change. Why should it be necessary to place condoms in boys and girls wash rooms. Have you ever seen any in the wash rooms at church? Maybe you have to go to church first before you can have a look. Condoms were something that men bought and there none given away to children, isn’t there an age limit for this? Do you really think that giving condoms to children would solve any problems. Tell me of the one it isn’t creating.

  9. Tony Waterman June 27, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    @Rupert Greaves!!!Funny that have brought this up, i was on a Popular High School website, and a Lad was going through his History at that school around the time that it became Co-Ed, he was always an A Student from 1st form until he went into 2nd Form, and came across Girls in Class for the First Time, his next Reprt Card had him 27th of 29, that was the effect that Girls in Class had on him, and perhaps ALL the Boys in those Classes.
    I never thought it was a good idea, and i still don’t think Today that it is a Good Idea, funny thing Though!!!!! The Girls are excelling, and the Guys are Failing. WHY???? are we so easy to put off track???

    Why are they NOT Video Cameras in all the Halls, Form Rooms, Cafeterias, and meeting halls in these Schools by now (NOT Bathrooms) the camera outside the Bathrooms will show who is entering and Leaving.

    There is no expected Privacy in the Common areas of any Structures internationally (Canadian Supreme Court)

  10. Rev. Winston Jones June 27, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    There was an article in another Newspaper reporting on a video of two students recorded having sex. The reporter and editor were hauled before the court. And we are surprised at this explosion? It baffles me as to how it could have been considered wise to make schools coed. At adolescence both genders are discovering sexuality and seeking love and acceptance. Putting them together all day is a recipe for disaster and we are seeing the fruits today. Time will tell the long term results of this type of emotional stimulation and self concept that has led to this lax attitude to sex. Condoms won’t solve this problem and if there turns out to be long term effects of low self esteem, won’t do much if anything at all to stem the suicides that might result.

  11. Alex Alleyne June 27, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    When it’s not sex it’s drugs with the youngsters. The adults are lost in this changing world. The problem is “children having children” and both are lost.

  12. P Buckley June 28, 2016 at 1:37 am

    These kids are having sex because the only sex education they ever got was how to do it, and that they got on the streets!
    No one wants to take the time and actually discuss sex, its variations, its ramifications or its consequences with these kids in a calm, respectful manner. All they get from adults I screams of “Abstain!”, “Get your ass in church!”, “If I find out about you having sex, I’ll cut your ass from here to next Tuesday!” Meanwhile, these kids have a healthy and active curiosity that they will try to satisfy.
    If all you got us “Don’t do it!”, your a drooling moron that has no business dealing with children.
    Nothing mentioned in the other comments will fix the problem. You are dreaming in Technicolour if you believe it will. The only way is to teach these children all the aspects of sexual activity, and hope they will take the information they get and make good decisions. They will not let you make the decision for them.


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