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Bigotry in schools is fine, says Michael Gove

Issue No. 2291

Tory education secretary Michael Gove has said that the Equality Act of 2010 doesn’t apply to the school curriculum.

He made his comments after people raised concerns about a sex education booklet used in some Catholic schools.

The booklet is called “Pure Manhood: How to become the man God wants you to be”. It tells children that “the homosexual act” is “disordered”.

Replying to the concerns, Gove said, “Any materials used in sex and relationship education lessons will not be subject to the discrimination provisions of the act.”

Campaigners say this will open the doors to more discrimination in schools.

The Tories claim they are privatising schools to give all children an equal chance. But for Gove some children are more equal than others.

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Tue 21 Feb 2012, 18:24 GMT
Issue No. 2291
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