Santia: Up to school
MINISTER OF EDUCATION SANTIA BRADSHAW says the ministry won’t intervene in the Providence Secondary School controversy over a transgender student as private bodies have a right to determine their policy without discrimination under the law.
She was responding to the case in which a Canadian parent took to social media blasting the private school for allegedly not recognising their transgender child, citing discrimination. The parent said the child, born a boy but identifying as a girl, was forced to wear the school’s male uniform for a year.
“There are lots of conversations we need to have in education and the issue of transgender is one of them, but I have chosen to focus my attention on the conditions of the plants and the management of the systems within education,” she said.
Bradshaw was speaking yesterday during a tour of schools to look at the progress of works under the ministry’s extensive summer repairs programme.
The minister said she preferred to leave the particular matter up to the private institution in question to deal with, adding she was sure it would be handled correctly.(CA)
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