According to The Independent, protests over lessons on same-sex relationships continued into their ninth day at a Birmingham primary school just hours after MPs voted in favour of a compulsory LGBT+ inclusive curriculum in schools.
Megaphone-wielding demonstrators at Anderton Park Primary School want classes teaching respect for LGBT+ relationships to be suspended until a resolution can be reached with parents who oppose the lessons.
The protest came after a large majority of MPs – 538 – voted on Wednesday evening in favour of new regulations to make relationships and sex education (RSE) compulsory in English schools from September 2020.
The curriculum guidance, which has been updated for the first time in nearly two decades, encourages primary schools to teach children about different families, including those with same-sex parents.
But some Muslim parents at Anderton Park, who have been protesting daily outside the school since Monday last week, claim the children are too young to learn about LGBT+ issues.
Shakeel Afsar, who has been leading the protests with a megaphone, said: “The school has not co-operated and communicated with the parents, 98 per cent of whom are from a religious background.”
Anderton Park is the second school in the city to face protests in recent weeks over diversity classes.
Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson, headteacher of Anderton Park, told Sky News earlier this week that she had written to education secretary Damian Hinds urging him to intervene as her school faced a backlash.
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