Church still not sat­is­fied with school re­li­gion classes

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

A dis­pute be­tween the Church of Greece and the gov­ern­ment, which be­gan last Septem­ber when new teach­ing ma­te­rial for re­li­gion classes was dis­trib­uted to schools, is con­tin­u­ing to cause prob­lems in the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the in­sti­tu­tions.

The bid to change the con­tent of the lessons so they moved away from the cat­e­chism and gave stu­dents a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of other re­li­gions was one of the rea­sons that a bit­ter dis­pute erupted be­tween the Church and the coali- tion, lead­ing to Nikos Filis step­ping down as ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter.

The new text­books have yet to be printed, leav­ing teach­ers to work from pho­to­copies pro­vided by the Min­istry. The gov­ern­ment has ap­pointed a team of ex­perts to draw up the teach­ing ma­te­rial for next year. Kathimerini un­der­stands that 80 per­cent of the con­tent will con­sist of Bi­ble texts. This sat­is­fies one Church de­mand, but it still op­poses re­li­gious classes be­ing op­tional in se­nior high school.

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