Science teacher told children 'gay people have a disease'
Joshua Onduso, 50, told children at Moorside Community Centre in Thatcham, Berkshire, that ‘gay people have a disease’ (Picture: Wessex News Agency)

A teacher who told vulnerable children that ‘gay people have a disease’ has been banned from the profession.

Joshua Onduso, 50, made the shocking remarks at Moorside Community Centre in May 2015, when pupils asked him what he thought about gay people.

The 50-year-old science and careers teacher told the class homosexuals were ‘diseased’, ‘have something wrong upstairs’ and were ‘sick in the head’.

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The pupils are taught at the pupil referral unit because they are unable to attend mainstream schools and many of them suffer with emotional and mental health issues.

The headteacher investigated the incident and then dismissed Mr Onduso for gross misconduct in September 2015.

Mr Onduso has repeatedly denied the allegations, but he was banned from teaching indefinitely at a National College for Teaching and Leadership professional conduct panel on Monday, September 18.

Science teacher told children 'gay people have a disease'
The 50-year-old science and careers teacher told the class homosexuals were ‘diseased’, ‘have something wrong upstairs’ and were ‘sick in the head’. (Picture: Getty)

The panel found him guilty of unacceptable professional conduct and said he ‘demonstrated a lack of tolerance and respect for the rights and beliefs of others’.

It heard evidence from several pupils and a member of staff who were in the classroom, before reaching a verdict.

‘I don’t encourage gay people because of my beliefs, I am a Christian.’

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Charles Elton, who was representing the teacher, disputed the evidence and said terms like ‘diseased’ and ‘sick in the head’ were the words of teenagers, not a middle aged professional.

But the panel dismissed his argument, and accepted the headteacher’s argument that more swear words would probably have been used if the pupils were making it up.

The panel said that Mr Onduso’s comments were ‘out of character’ and that he had a ‘good history’.

But after the incident, the teacher told them: ‘I don’t encourage gay people because of my beliefs, I am a Christian. I don’t condone what they do.’

It concluded that Mr Onduso had a ‘deep-seated attitude that leads to harmful behaviour’.

The panel added: ‘Mr Onduso was in a position of trust. Vulnerable pupils were within his care. He should have been acting as a role model to the pupils, taking a stance against homophobic and prejudice-based behaviour.

‘However, the panel considered that Mr Onduso abused his position as a teacher when he made the offensive and homophobic comments.’

Mr Onduso denied the allegations and has the right to appeal against the decision to the High Court.

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