Education dept to root out discrimination in textbooks

This comes after a section of a Grade 10 textbook was slammed for encouraging rape culture.

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JOHANNESBURG - The Basic Education Department says its newly appointed task team will evaluate learning material to root out all forms of discrimination.

The department launched the panel after it received complaints about a section of a Grade 10 life orientation textbook that was slammed for encouraging rape culture.

In the book, a girl explains how she went to a party without her parents' permission, got drunk and was then raped.

Pupils are then asked to answer three questions and list two ways in which the girl's behaviour led to "sexual intercourse".

The department's Troy Martens says it has since withdrawn the textbook from its curriculum and written to the publisher to remove that section.

"This is a process that is already ongoing for this particular reason. We are currently looking at a number of issues in our material, including racial and gender prejudice."