Thursday, 13 September 2012

Inter-faith group wants all religions taught in schools

The Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) called on the government to include a new provision in the national education policy that allows all religions to be taught in schools.

In a short statement issued today, the inter-faith group said the call was a resolution proposed by the Christian Federation of Malaysia and unanimously adopted by delegates during the 30th MCCBCHST annual general meeting held on July 14.

"In its ongoing discussions with the government of Malaysia and with the Education Ministry and the education department, the MCCBCHST shall propose and put forward as part of the national education policy the provision that all religions be allowed to teach their respective scriptures in national or in government-aided schools.

“For example, the (Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia) SPM Bible Knowledge in the case of the Christians,” read the statement.

It also proposed that the examinations of such subjects be prepared and graded by the respective authorities of each religion and recognised by both the Education Ministry and the education department.

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