In 2015, at the Annual General Meeting our members brought forward a motion that resulted in, ‘That the P&C Federation lobby to ensure that the enrolment form includes all SRE, Ethics and non-scripture options.’
Government’s rejection of recommendations regarding scripture in NSW schools
The NSW Government’s rejection of many worthwhile recommendations in a review of Special Religious Education (SRE) has left P&C Federation mystified. The review stemmed from a 2012 Upper House inquiry into ethics classes in the state. P&C Federation believes that the removal of all references to ethics classes on enrolment forms appears to have been done to cater to the purely ideological objections of certain parties, and that withholding information on enrolment forms is to the detriment of public education. It is disappointing that the government rejected enrolment forms include the ethics classes even though the Education Act 1990 Section 33A states special education in ethics as a secular alternative to special religious education. To read about the SRE in Education Act, please Click Here. It raises questions about what the government is concealing as it is also very resistant to tracking the enrolment numbers of these classes.
P&C Federation is highly disappointed that the government also rejected a recommendation that students not enrolled in these classes be allowed to complete their regular schoolwork during scripture time. P&C Federation believes our children are being disadvantaged due to the political expediency. Read P&C Federation’s recent media release titled ‘Government Continues to be Coy about Religious Classes’
P&C Federation representative, Terry Timms, was on air on 2NUR FM Newcastle for a radio interview on 24th April 2017, with Mark Rorke of 2NUR FM Newcastle, to discuss the state government’s rejection of recommendations regarding scripture in NSW schools. Click Hereto listen to the radio interview.
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