UK: Thatcham teacher Joshua Onduso banned over homophobic comments

A science teacher who told his students gay people "have a disease" and are "sick in the head" has been banned from the profession indefinitely. Joshua Onduso, 50, was working at The Reintegration Service in Thatcham, Berkshire, when he made the remarks.

He later told the head teacher he could not condone homosexual activity because of his Christian beliefs. A National College for Teaching and Leadership panel found him guilty of unacceptable professional conduct.

A report outlining the findings said Mr Onduso had been asked what he thought about gay people during a lesson at the school, which is based in the Moorside Community Centre, in May 2015. A teaching assistant who gave evidence said Mr Onduso replied that "gay people have a disease" before pointing to his head as he added "they have something wrong upstairs".

The head teacher told the hearing she was "shocked" when she twice asked Mr Onduso to clarify his position and he insisted his Christian beliefs meant he "did not condone what [gay people] do". Mr Onduso was suspended and later dismissed after the school, which is for 5-19 year olds, carried out its own internal investigation. Read more via BBC