TheJakartaPost

Please Update your browser

Your browser is out of date, and may not be compatible with our website. A list of the most popular web browsers can be found below.
Just click on the icons to get to the download page.

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...