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Jakarta Post

Don Bosco rectifies ‘ill-informed decision’ on HIV, apologizes

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 6 2011   /  07:00 am

The school board of Don Bosco private elementary school in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta, has acknowledged that it made an “ill-advised decision” by denying entrance to a prospective student because her father is HIV positive.

Panca Darma Foundation, which runs the school, pledged on Monday to grant entrance to the daughter of Fajar Jasmin, and issued an apology to Fajar and his family.

“We don’t know much about the HIV issue and our lack of knowledge has led us all to a misunderstanding,” said Handi Pranata, a member of the foundation’s advisory board.

On Monday, the National AIDS Prevention Commission (KPAN) mediated a meeting between the foundation and Fajar and his family at the Office of the Coordinating Minister for People’s Welfare.

Handi said that Fajar’s protest and the ensuing intense media scrutiny had taught the school a valuable les...