CHILDREN as young as 11 years old are being asked to design a poster to promote condoms.
High schools across Greater Manchester are being lined up by condom manufacturer Durex in a contest to promote National Condom Week, with �1,000 of computer equipment for the school, college or youth group that comes up with the best poster.
Durex say the idea is to promote good sexual health and safer sex. But headteachers at the city’s Roman Catholic high schools are all set to boycott the competition.
Brian McNulty, headteacher at St Matthew’s RC High School in Moston and spokesman for heads of catholic schools in the city, claims the competition is a veiled ploy to sell condoms to young people.
He fears it could encourage promiscuity – and Catholic schools in the city will not take part. “They can talk about it as if it is a social service,” he said, “but I think they are actually involved in advertising.