news

Shock as British grammar school gives pupils spectacularly homophobic maths question

2016-09-14
A grammar school in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, has been slammed by parents and students for issuing pupils with a homophobic maths question. Royal Grammar School, an all-boys grammar, is under fire after a calculation containing unnecessary judgements about same-sex relationships was given to students by a school volunteer, according to the Bucks Free Press. It reads: "If in a town 70 per cent of the men are married to 90 per cent of the women (and each marriage is between one man and woman, as God intended when he made humans male and female) what percentage of the adult population are married?" img_2286-jpg-gallery One parent rightly described the question as "homophobic" as having a clear "anti-LGBT bias." Royal Grammar School headmaster Philip Wayne apologised for the homophobic homework this morning (September 14), claiming the question was part of a test for higher-level students and was set by a teacher who retired "a long time ago", but continued to volunteer at the school. "I’m sorry on behalf of the whole school community of governors, staff and boys for any offence this has caused,” Mr Wayne told Bucks Free Press. "First few boys to pick up the test, noticed the question concerned and referred it to staff. As soon as it was picked up it was quickly withdrawn from the department." He added that the volunteer who handed out the question "will not be returning to RGS," as "staff are expected to abide by the teachers standards if they’re on the payroll or not.” Meanwhile, one former student described the volunteer responsible for the question's wording as "a caricature of conservative Christianity". Photo credit: Bucks Free Press More stories: The stunning moment a 12-year-old boy stood up to thousands of anti-gay demonstrators Nyle DiMarco discusses sexuality and changing deaf lives in Attitude’s October issue