Since 2006, public primary schools have been compelled by the Dept of Education to accept offers made by religious groups to teach religious instruction. Students in these schools are allowed to opt out of these classes but receive no alternative education at these times.
We are happy to support a broad-based study of religions, philosophy and moral values, but we believe a narrow religion-specific approach has no place in secular schools.
We, the undersigned, call for the Government to:
1/ No longer compel public schools to accept offers made of religious instruction.
2/ Stop funding religious instruction in schools. If religious instruction is to be taught in public schools it should be the decision of the school council of the school, should be able to be supervised by school teachers, should not interfere with the teaching of the normal school curriculum, and should be carried out on an "opt in" basis rather than an "opt out" basis.
The STOP RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION IN PUBLIC PRIMARY SCHOOLS petition to Victorian Education Department was written by public education group and is in the category Education at GoPetition.