As students return to school this week, parents are still in the dark about the contents of the controversial Religious Instruction program delivered in Queensland Government State Schools.
One of the recommendations resulting from the Education department’s own 2016 review of ‘Connect’ Religious Instruction materials was that parents be given more detail about program contents to enable them to make an informed choice about whether their children participate in the program.
Queensland Parents for Secular State Schools, a grassroots parent organisation that has been advocating for the change, says they have seen little to indicate the Department is seriously addressing the recommendation.
Spokesperson for QPSSS, Alison Courtice, says little to no information is provided to parents by schools at the time that they are asked to indicate whether they wish for their child to participate in the class and it seems that nothing much has changed for 2017. “Parents are shocked to later discover their child has been exposed to content that has a strong ‘sin and salvation’ message,” she said.
“Parents deserve to be able to make an informed choice about their child’s participation in Religious Instruction.”