Pearson Issues Apology for Sexual Assault Wording in South African Textbook

Pearson deeply regrets the wording of such a sensitive and important topic in one of our South African publications. We do not believe this sentence is an accurate reflection of how the topic of responsible human development is taught. As soon as we learned of the issue we immediately amended the language. As a result, there will be no further reprints of this edition.

Laura Howe,
Vice President, Global Media & Communities

Update: Response to recent media coverage

October 20, 2016, 17:00

As we said when this issue first came to light in July, we deeply regret the wording of such a sensitive and important topic in one of our South African publications. We have made a full and frank apology.

As soon as we learned of the issue we immediately amended the language. We worked closely with teachers from the local school communities who originally highlighted this problem. We ensured that the updated content met with their approval and the Department of Basic Education (DBE). This new content has been uploaded to our website where teachers and schools can download it for free. We have removed all existing copies of the textbook from our warehouse and destroyed them. There will be no further reprints of this edition.

The teachers who initially raised this matter have contacted us to give their approval with how we handled this matter. We always engage with teachers and many of our authors are teachers or professors themselves - similarly, many of our employees are former teachers. We also of course work closely with education authorities such as the DBE.

ENDS

We have also sent written responses to the AFT and the SADTU unions - which can be downloaded below.

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