Students at the all-boys Royal Grammar School, in High Wycombe, were shocked and outraged to discover that a practice math test contained ‘homophobic’ questions about same-sex marriage, according to Bucks Free Press.
The questions reads: “If in a town 70 percent of the men are married to 90 percent 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?”
One parent slammed the homework as being “homophobic” and having an “anti-LGBT bias”.
The school’s headmaster, Philip Wayne, quickly apologized and placed blame on a retired teacher who had written the practice exam. Wayne confirmed that he will not be returning to volunteer at the school.
“The first few boys – there were about 30 or 40 boys who came to pick up the tests – they noticed the question concerned and they reported it to staff in the maths department, so it was very quickly withdrawn by the department,” he said.
“The volunteer concerned will not be returning to the school. All staff are expected to abide by personal and professional standards of conduct, whether they are on the payroll or not.”
Matt Horwood, the Senior communications officer at LGBT rights charity Stonewall, said: “It’s encouraging to see that this incident was dealt with as soon as it was raised, but demonstrates how important it is for staff to be equipped to prevent and tackle LGBT discrimination in all of its forms.
“All children should be able to experience school as an inclusive learning space, and should absolutely never feel ostracised or mistreated by either the language or materials used by teaching staff or volunteers.”