Students at Victorian Government schools will be stopped from learning or singing a wide selection of Christmas carols under new guidelines issued by the Melbourne Labor Government.
Member for Morwell Russell Northe said the restrictions are contained in a Fact Sheet sent out to school principals issued last month, but not made public.
“The Fact Sheet instructs principals on how they must implement the recently published Special Religious Instruction (SRI) guidelines under Ministerial Direction 145,” Mr Northe said.
“Under these instructions principals have been told that students will not be able to participate in singing any “praise music” that includes praise of a god or a religious figure, if the singing is organised by school volunteers.
“As well, teachers will only be able to teach carols if it is done as part of a wide-ranging “general religious education” curriculum that covers different religions in Australia and around the world.
“Accordingly, principals will be required to ensure that children are not taught to sing carols such as Holy Night, Away in a Manger or We Three Kings during school carols or pageants, as these welcome the birth of Jesus Christ,” Mr Northe said.
A petition calling on Daniel Andrews to reverse this decision is available at the Morwell electorate office, 66 George Street, Morwell or hard copies are available for printing from my website www.russellnorthe.com.au/petitions
“As a nation we celebrate respect and welcome many different cultures from around the world but our traditions and beliefs as a predominantly Christian nation should not be compromised,” Mr Northe said.
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