NZ Herald 13 January 2020
Family First Comment: “Education Minister Chris Hipkins believes in secular education and does not believe schools should be offering religious instruction.”
So Labour wants compulsory instruction in climate change, sexuality, mindfulness and gender confusion indoctrination, but any mention of love, joy, hope & faith should be banned.
Will karakia be next?
Parents will be required to give explicit permission in writing for their children to receive religious instruction at state schools under a planned law change.
It may be the beginning of the end of primary schools offering religious instruction.
Education Minister Chris Hikpkins told the Herald he believes in secular education and does not believe schools should be offering religious instruction.
“But we need a bit more of a national conversation about that before we get into that,” he said.
“I personally hope that as the debate around these things matures, we will reach a point where that provision that allows schools to close for religious instruction is no longer required. That would be a big leap at the moment.”
The law change, in the Education and Training Bill which passed its first reading just before Christmas, will require the written consent of parents for their children to attend religious instruction.
It is one of a raft of changes being proposed in the legislation.
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