Media Release: “Very Minor Changes” to Controversial ‘Connect’ Program

Publishers of the controversial ‘Connect’ Religious Instruction materials have indicated that few changes will be made to the program.

A 2016 review by the Queensland Education Department found the ‘Connect’ materials contained age-inappropriate references to violence, animal sacrifice and child grooming.

Christian Education Publishing produce the ‘Connect’ materials that are used widely during ‘Religious Instruction’ classes at Queensland Government State Schools.

Queensland Parents for Secular State Schools spokesperson, Alison Courtice, said CEP had indicated that any changes in response to the review would be only “very minor.”

‘Connect’ made headlines last year when it was revealed it contained activities such as having children reenact a beheading and having volunteer instructors show children that bleach could ‘wash away’ sin.

CEP were still selling some superseded materials for use in 2017 in December last year.

It is not clear whether the Education Department will vet the materials or ensure CEP comply with the review’s findings.

CEP have indicated they would publish the changes on their website but have not yet done so.

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