The stained glass window of The Good Shepherd at St Pauls Anglican Church in Maryborough.
The stained glass window of The Good Shepherd at St Pauls Anglican Church in Maryborough. Robyne Cuerel

Scripture class scrapping not on cards for NSW

THE Baird Government has no plans to follow its southern neighbour's suit and axe religious education from class time.

Victoria will replace religious instruction with classes about domestic violence and respectful relationships - also planned for NSW - from next year.

Students who wish to continue scripture lessons will instead have to attend them during lunch breaks or before and after school.

"Extra-curricular programs should not interfere with class time, when teachers and students should be focused on the core curriculum," the Victorian Government said in a statement.

A spokeswoman for NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli said the government "is not considering making changes to special religious education similar to those seen in Victoria".

She added that recent calls for state schools to teach all-inclusive, non-denominational religious education classes were not under consideration. - APN NEWSDESK



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