Justice Minister Delroy Chuck is not favour of a proposal for the introduction of paternity leave in Jamaica.
He made his position known Wednesday at a child diversion sensitisation programme in St. Mary.
Mr. Chuck said there is need to reinforce parental responsibility.
"The truth of the matter is, it is the mothers who have been the backbone of our children's upbringing and too often they are left alone to take care of the children... and what I think is needed more than anything else is paternal responsibility, not paternal leave...where fathers are urged, coerced and demanded to live up to their responsibilities," he asserted.
Last month, O'Neil Grant, President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), said the organisation will be pushing discussions on the introduction of paternity leave in Jamaica.
Mr. Grant noted that fathers need time off from work at the birth of their children similar to the period provided for mothers under the Maternity Leave Act.
Mr. Grant said the JCSA will also be advocating for leave for adoptive parents.