North Tipperary Vocational Education Committee is to frame a motion for the Irish Vocational Education Authority (IVEA) Congress on the subject of religious education in second level school following rumblings at Ministerial level that religion will be removed altogether from schools.
Councillor John Hogan (Fianna Fail) raised the issue at the monthly meeting of the VEC in Newport this week and said that the VEC schools should try to maintain the Christian ethos. “Religion is not being forced down anyones neck in our schools, so why are we being forced to change. If it’s not broken why go tinkering with it and try to fix it,” Cllr Hogan said.
The Chief Executive Officer of the VEC, Mr David Leahy said that the VEC schools are multi-denominational and promote a respect for other peoples views, whether Catholic, Protestant, Muslim,Jehovah Witness or any other..
“I have taught religion in schools and have had Muslims, Jehovah Witness, Catholics and Protestants in my class and I have to say that the class was all the better for it. Religion has caused so much division in the world and it’s a real contradiction because the essential message is one of respect for each other. That’s the message we try to promote in our schools and that is the way forward,” Mr Leahy said.
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