P&Cs Qld welcome the release of the report into the review of the Connect Religious Instruction materials by Department of Education and Training. In accepting the seven recommendations of the review recently, Minister for Education Kate Jones flagged that some outdated and inappropriate content will be removed from this particular program.
The Minister also indicated that some other key improvements will be enacted, to improve the communication of consent from parents for their children to participate in religious instruction delivery.
Significantly, a new process will also be put in place for the Department of Education to review authorised religious instruction programs to ensure that they comply with legislation and contemporary classroom practice.
The provision of Religious Instruction, the content of the teaching materials, the mechanism and resourcing of teaching and competing time constraints with other subject and curriculum areas, continues to create a complex environment for agreement in state schools.
To that end, P&Cs Qld conducted a survey to scope the attitude of people with an interest in role of religion in state schools.
P&Cs Qld CEO Kevan Goodworth said, “We extend our thanks to all of the many respondents to our recent survey, circulated broadly through the internet and social media. Over 7600 people responded for a call to put forward a view.”
The survey was intended to be an open-ended process to ascertain a general feeling about the various issues involved in the study of religion in state schools. While the survey followed no particular methodology, there was clear support from respondents to keep the status quo in regards to how religion is being delivered in schools. Most notable was that support for a “values education” approach to the materials offered in RI, offered through comments to the page.