Safe Schools: George Christensen welcomes ‘gutting’ of ‘bad content’ in anti-bullying program

Mar 18, 2016 by

The Federal Government is ordering changes to the Safe Schools anti-bullying program following a review and a rebellion by backbench MPs.

Key points:

  • Modifications to Safe Schools include use only in high schools
  • George Christensen praised “gutting” of problems
  • Third-party links and references will also be removed from program

The quick-fire investigation was prompted by conservative Coalition MPs and senators who were worried about the age appropriateness of some of the material in the program, which is designed to help schools tackle the bullying of gay students.

It found some of the resources, including role-playing activities, were inappropriate.

Earlier this week, in the wake of the release of the review’s findings, Coalition MPs circulated a petition calling for the program to be suspended or axed.

Today Education Minister Simon Birmingham said some lesson plans would change and the program would only be used in high schools.

“There are areas where the content could be improved and we will make sure that it is improved,” Senator Birmingham said.

Source: Safe Schools: George Christensen welcomes ‘gutting’ of ‘bad content’ in anti-bullying program – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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