Christchurch school defends use of 'cheap prostitutes' pamphlet

A Christchurch Principal is defending the use of an educational pamphlet which labels women in de facto relationships as "cheap prostitutes" saying the material is an example of an extreme societal view in a wider study of health viewpoints.

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This comes as the mother of a student at Papanui High School made a formal complaint when she heard about the material being used in her daughter's NCEA Level One Health class.

Principal Jeff Smith says the health class is designed for those interested in a future career in health, and is separate from compulsory health studies which teach students sexual education.

"They are learning about the range of perspectives people hold in the world; this is a perspective that is out there and they need to be aware of this, so they can then make informed decisions themselves."

He says the material in no way reflects the opinion of the school or of their community and slams the misreported claims that the pamphlet was distributed to the wider school population.

"Papanui High School is an inclusive school and proud of its diversity and we, in no way, hold these opinions."

Smith says this was just a case of one student not having a clear understanding of the material. He says this family was immediately invited into the school for a meeting to explain the use of the pamphlet and the issue as now been resolved.

The mother who complained says the school had planned to show it to her students as an example of an extreme religious opinion followed by a discussion.

Lydia Harrison Clark says the school told her that, unfortunately, the teacher was away sick on the day of the lesson and had left the pamphlet and questions with a reliever teacher, who had not undertaken the discussion part.

She says she's happy with the school's explanation.