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SA Schools Religion Ruling

28 June 2017 – The Johannesburg High Court has ruled that South African public schools can’t promote one religion.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and the OGod organization argued that focusing on just one religion should not be permitted and that there’s religious bias in South African public schools.

The Federation of Governing Bodies of South African Schools and trade union Solidarity say it is permitted in terms of the constitutional legal framework and existing case law.

Trade union Solidarity told the court that the ruling would affect 24,000 public schools in South Africa.

Hans Pietersen, from OGod, has argued that the case is not aimed at banning religious practices in schools but about protecting children and that schools should engage in religious education rather than religious instruction. He says that children should be taught about religions rather than be taught to be religious.