The Welsh Government has been accused of ‘totalitarianism’ by parents after they underwent a two-day battle in High Court to excuse their children from gender identity and sex education lessons.
The new curriculum launched in Wales in September seeks to ’embed sex and gender themes into day-to-day classes’ with no opt out for parents.
Public Child Protection Wales brought the legal challenge against the curriculum before Mrs Justice Steyn at the Civil Justice Centre in Cardiff after they launched a judicial review in May.
The group are seeking to overturn the new curriculum which they have said is inappropriate for primary age children.
They have said that children as young as three will be taught about ‘sensitive and arguably inappropriate topics’ including gender ideology and said that the sex education lessons amount to ‘indoctrination’ by the government.
But lawyers for the Labour-run government told the High Court that the curriculum should be taught in school so children as young as three can learn ’empathy’ with different people. And they have said that the group’s claims were ‘incorrect’ and lessons would be age-appropriate.
Up to 300 protesters from Public Child Protection, who say the new curriculum is inappropriate for primary age children, yesterday mounted a demonstration against the new Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) code outside the High Court hearing.
One banner held at the protest said: ‘Protect kids from woke agenda – allow sex education parental opt-out.’