Scientists blast ‘inaccurate’ GCSE paper which replaced the word ‘sex’ with ‘gender’ as they accuse examiners of bowing to political correctness

Jun 2, 2019 by

by Sanchez Manning, Mailonline:

A leading exam board has been accused of bowing to demands from transgender activists after swapping the word ‘sex’ for ‘gender’ in a GCSE biology paper taken by thousands of pupils.

Students sitting the Edexcel paper had to study a diagram of chromosomes – the arrangement of genes which determine if someone is male of female – before being asked to identify which ‘gender’ was shown. Pupils were also asked to explain how ‘gender’ is ‘inherited’.

Furious scientists, one of whom was marking the test, say the wording of the questions was scientifically inaccurate and suspect it was chosen instead of ‘sex’ for politically correct reasons following lobbying by transgender campaigners.

Transgender activists object to the use of the word ‘sex’ to describe if someone is a man or a woman, preferring the term gender which they say should be self– determined.

A number of scientists complained to the exam board, fearing pupils who were taught in class to use the word ‘sex’ would be confused. They insist it was a ‘fundamental error’ to use the word ‘gender’, which they say is a social concept and has a completely different meaning to biological sex.

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