Spanish pupils say ‘no’ to religion

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SPAIN – DEMAND by primary and secondary school pupils for religion classes dropped by 500,000 in Spain over the last decade, Ministry of Education statistics revealed. Just over three-quarters of 2,665,161 children in primary schools and 55 per cent of the country’s 1,813,572 secondary pupils opted to take religion during the 2008-2009 school year, said the ministry.

Twice as many pupils in private schools chose Catholic religion classes, although fewer than one per cent of pupils in either the state or private sector studied other religions. In all primary schools an average of 24 per cent received no religious education at all.

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Under education laws passed with a certain amount of controversy in 2006, religion classes were made optional.

 


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