The Victorian Government will no longer allow special religious education—known elsewhere in Australia as scripture—to be taught during lesson time in the state’s public primary schools.
Since the 1950s, it’s had a small place in the official timetable. But now lessons specific to one religion will have to be taught at lunchtime or before or after school.
Instead, there’ll be a new subject covering ethics, healthy relationships and general religious education, studying about five major world religions.
Access Ministries provides most special religious instruction in Victoria’s public schools; it will feel the change most deeply. But are they also partly to blame?