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  • Minister of National Security, Dr. Peter Phillips has called for the restoration of the family as the key ingredient in ensuring safe communities. Dr. Phillips, who opened the 2006/07 Sectoral Debate in Gordon House on Tuesday (May 31).
  • He pointed out, that the decreasing number of male teachers in schools as role models, served to worsen the situation.
  • He noted that there was need for more responsible parenting and a process to facilitate fathers knowing their children.

Minister of National Security, Dr. Peter Phillips has called for the restoration of the family as the key ingredient in ensuring safe communities.
Dr. Phillips, who opened the 2006/07 Sectoral Debate in Gordon House on Tuesday (May 31), noted that, “the major cause of social disarray in our communities is the present state of our families and specifically the virtual disappearance of the father from the home”.
According to the National Security Minister “Jamaica has the highest incidence of children being registered without the names of their fathers, which is presently as high as 61 per cent. Only 31 per cent of our children live with two biological parents and in the overwhelming majority of instances, women are the single parent and sole providers”.
He pointed out, that the decreasing number of male teachers in schools as role models, served to worsen the situation.
“Perhaps the most frightening trend in the breakdown in family values, the Minister said, “is the increasing incidents of carnal abuse, which is often perpetuated by male relatives.”
He noted that there was need for more responsible parenting and a process to facilitate fathers knowing their children.
“The most modern police force with the most sophisticated weapons and technology will not solve all the problems facing the society. We would still have that most fundamental causes of crime to contend with,” he stated.

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