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Parents 'consulted on primary school religious education views'

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 23/09/2013. Parents 'consulted on primary school religious education views'Tags: Primary School News

Parents in Ireland are being invited to offer their views on the teaching of religion in primary schools.

Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn is initiating a consultation process today (September 23rd) that will centre on religious and cultural inclusion in primary schools.  

The Minister urged parents and other interested parties to make submissions saying: "This is your chance to have your say and share your views with us."

"I strongly encourage parents, teachers and all those with an interest in this area to take this opportunity. Many schools are already doing a good job in catering for children from different cultural, religious and belief traditions.  I also want to hear about these good practices.”

The deadline for receipt of submissions is November 22nd and an explanatory leaflet about the process and how to take part is available here

The Minister's eight-week consultation process occurs at the same time as Atheism Ireland has announced proposals for a course about atheism for children. The course is to be piloted at Educate Together schools and will include ten lessons. The group said the course will teach children about atheism, rather than teach atheism - and it is to be taught in a manner that is objective and critical.

Mr Quinn's consultation process will last for eight weeks and is aimed at encouraging parents to get involved by putting forward ideas of how schools might handle the issue of inclusion of different cultural, religious and belief traditions.ADNFCR-2163-ID-801640502-ADNFCR


Ted Bradley

(27-09-2013 15:38)

I have made a submission with respect to this mostly because of my experience of the local National School (and by association the Patron) who have gone to great efforts to exclude parental involvement. They also are in breach of the 1998 Ed. Act, have not run the Stay Safe programme correct (as not involved parents) and there are "allegations" of bullying/racism/ostracization.

The core aspect of my submission is that if Parents were allowed to be involved with schools they would be by more inclusive. I would greatly appreciate it if you disagree with this or have alternative experience please add a comment or sent me a pm. Thanks

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