Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 23/11/2015. Tags: Education And Politics Parenting Teachers
According to a report on RTE this morning, Castletroy College
, a second level school in Limerick, is to consider whether a first-year pupil can be allowed to opt out of studying religion.
A parent of a student in the school had requested that his daughter be allowed opt out of the subject but was advised by the school that the subject was mandatory. While the Consitution gives parents the right o withdraw their children from religioius instruction, the school advised RTE that parents had always accepted the subject when the school explained it was a Junior Cert exam subject and was for "all faiths and one".
The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) says
Religious Education for the Junior Certificate allows pupils to "explore how many religions, particularly Christian religions, have shaped the Ireland you live in today" and that at least one of the major world religions will be studied in detail as well as "how different communities of faith organise themselves".
Schools run by ETBs are obliged to teach religion under a stipulation that the Catholic Church made to the State during the development of the original VEC school system.
Castletroy College is to further consider the request by the parent at its' board of management meeting this evening.
Read the full RTE report here