CARICOM Multi-Agency Health Family Life Education Project: Summary Report of Trinidad and Tobago Needs Assessment Study (Principals)



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School of Education, UWI


The HFLE Needs Assessment Study was carried out to obtain data on student knowledge and views about health lifestyles, a range of psycho-social issues affecting youth, and some aspects of the modus-operandi of the existing HFLE curriculum. It also sought to explore the problems, concerns, and values of young people; possible goals, outcomes and teaching and assessment methods of HFLE; and factors affecting the teaching of HFLE. The intended respondents were students in primary and secondary schools, and their teachers, principals and parents. This report summarizes and discusses the responses of principals. The majority of principals felt that the teaching of HFLE should start in Grade 1. They identified the most frequently encountered sources of problems in the delivery of HFLE as a lack of resource materials, untrained teachers, and parents. The most popular choice of delivery mode was a combination of infusion into existing subjects and as a separate subject. The principals were evenly divided on the question of whether HFLE should be an examinable subject.


CARICOM Multi-Agency Health Family Life Education Project

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health and family life education, HFLE, needs assessment