Gordon Swaby

Condoms And Jamaican High Schools

As a High School student I feel it necessary to elaborate on such a hot issue. I was planning on doing so for a while now, but I did not feel the urge to do so until a while ago when I read stunner’s thoughts on the whole situation. I feel it would be easier for me to expound on the situation seeing as I am one of those on the inside looking out.

So all the officials have been arguing whether or not they should issue condoms in schools, you want to know what I think… I think it doesn’t matter. Condoms are not the problem it’s the mentality of teens, that’s the real problem. Issuing condoms won’t change a darn thing, because the fact is they don’t want and will not use them.

Getting condoms isn’t a problem for teens, they cost what $120? I’ve spoken to a couple friends and the truth of the matter is they don’t want to use condoms. Why? because they claim know sex is alot better without it, and the feeling is mutual( Girl And Boy), they both prefer non-use of condoms. AIDS you say? They’ll laugh that off because they don’t care about that either, they have the Que Sera, Sera mentality.  They’ve made up their mind about the outcome of the non use of condoms. Whether it be pregnancy, AIDS or any other consequence.

“Maybe we need to go back to the drawing board: remove the sexual stimulants in our entertainment and advertisements, instill good moral values in our children by being better parents, talk with our children about sex, closely monitor our children, implement stronger penalties for adults who take advantage of the youths, and of course teach them about safe sex.” by Stunner

I laughed at that paragraph when I read it, I mean come on who are you kidding? That will never happen or if it does happen it will never work. Why you ask? Because sexual content will always be available; you can never prevent them (teens) from seeing it

Written by Gordon Swaby

Gordon Swaby

Founder and CEO of social learning service EduFocal.com. I’m passionate about technology, the internet and the use of technology in education. I am a recipient of Governor General’s Youth Award, the PSOJ’s 50 Under 50 Award, The commonwealth Youth Award and many others.

Lovingly made on Monday, January 28th, 2008 at 4:40 pm. Filed under Interesting, Jamaica/Politics, Uncategorized.

  • http://mythoughtsonstuff.com Leon

    Sad but true man. Even if we teach the the consequences of their actions, young people tend to think that they’re invincible, so…well, I’m out of ideas.

  • http://stunner101.blogspot.com Stunner

    It is a dire situation, but we at least have to try to reach to as much as possible… somehow.

  • Esteban Agosto Reid

    Interesting post Mr. Swaby!!

  • yanique

    i agree, they should not go around thinking it will be “alright” in putting condoms in schools …..just a waste of time!

  • http://experienceaurie.wordpress.com Aurie

    Very interesting….It still comes back to strong parenting and reinforcing moral values. Only God can help us through this kind of issue. Horse gone through the gate long time in terms of this issue.

  • http://www.advance-gamers.com Gordon Swaby

    Saying God will help us will not change anything, there’s more to it than that, as they say “God Helps Those who help themselves”

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  • Doneeka

    The distribution of condoms within the Jamaican secondary schools is quite recommended. Due to the fact that the “moral fabric” of the land is worn and thus, abstinence campans have drastically failed…leaving the only other option, which is to limit the “right to the pursuit of happiness” our teens possess by controlling their freedom with the distribution of condoms. Controlled freedom works!!!

  • http://profiles.takingitglobal.org/jaevion4u Jaevion

    Ok, seriously .. the issue of condoms in school and many social problems we face are way pass the idea of morals… so all the old people need to get a hold of themselves .. and stop living in the dark … and realise that its 2008 ..not 1962. And even then they were still f… ahem .. having sex – so abstinence was never working .. so I dont know why they all think it will now.


  • Counsellor

    I want to salute the founder and all the contributors of this site. I think this dialogue is very healthy and commendable for young people. The truth is, we need to reason more. We have a culture that fails to use our God given resource called the brain. We are cowards when we fail to engage our leaders, legislators and those affected (teens) in these discussions. I agree that the horse has gone through the gate, but everyone must take responsibility. We have friends, children, relatives etc. who we know are arming themselves and how many of us really care to put our life on the block, stick our necks out and tell them they are destroying themselves. We need to take responsibility and end some of the slackness. We need to examine some of the so called “rights” we say we have and explore the greater good of a better society. I call on the legislators to look at what we have done to our parents, teachers and children. We have taken a much of the responsibility of parenting and instruction, through the disguise of abuse and have placed all the responsibility on those (children) who can’t even decide what is good for them or not….


  • http://sowelodl um

    Whats with the horse through the gate thing????

  • kram

    To Jaevion. You will be old one day. You need to respect “old people”. We are there beneficiaries.

    We don’t need to issue condoms in schools, teens know where to get them. If they really want to use them they will. They don’t care. AIDS cost. They need to know there actions may have consequences that go beyond them.

  • http://www.jamaicayouthadvocacynetwork.org Jaevion

    Kram …. you see to be a popular follower of my comments. Thanks much for being such a gropie!

    But on the more serious side …. all I have to say is you are obviously bubbled in your own world without realising the seriousness of society today… it is riddled with all sorts of problems and in many cases we need to reinvent ourselves and our strategies.

    This has nothing to do with old or young … its simply understanding and accepting the realities of our time.

    Many of your friends got pregnant in school I’m sure – and their children did the same …. and their children the same … and all this time abstinence education was in full force and condoms were beginning to be the new fad in the early days!

  • Gavin Price

    Well teens have been having sex before our time in bush and under the cellars of homes till now and it will continue that’s no surprise. The distribution of condoms in school would be a complete waste of time who ever doing that can give me the money my college fee needs paying it could help me. Let me tell you what would happen if free condoms are issued it will be on the streets downtown or round town and even at the distribution site after issuing them out we can do and check of all the condoms left on the ground it would be a waste of time and resource. Parents need to accept their roles for social problems affecting their kids that’s what you are their for especially fathers to talk to their sons and mothers to their daughters. Both parents need to assert themselves in curbing this run away train of unprotected sex and even sex on a whole at such an early age.

  • http://cart.getgojionline.com gochi

    very bad use of condoms is must for avoiding dangerous threats like hiv and aids.


  • http://www.sensualdirect.com/condoms/ Safe Condoms

    Condoms have been preventing STD's and other diseases for years and its great that they are at the source.

  • Opinionated

    It is very pessimistic and flawed to say something will never work if it has not yet been tested.  It seems far fetched to have this ideal of removing sexual stimulants but would a reduction be so bad? Total eradication does not seem plausible (without God himself) but we must agree that the sexual advertisements, film, music even jargon has spiraled out of control in the past years.

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