Schools are going through the ‘hurtful’ process of choosing to drop religious instruction, with board of trustees working through passionate arguments from parents on both sides of the debate.

A majority of parents voted for that, but feelings ran high on both sides.  Bible lessons had run ‘forever’ and the decision to end them had been controversial and emotional for the school community and staff.

A large proportion of students had opted out of religious instruction in recent years, and some families made it known they were strongly opposed to it being offered.

The survey sent to more than 1800 schools, revealed 578 had religious instruction classes of which 56 said they did not know the content of those lessons.

Kei te whakarereketia nga ture mo te whakamahi me te whakaako haahi ki roto i nga kura puta noa i te motu, heoi ano tera te tohe a etahi e pa ana ki tenei o nga kaupapa, na te mea he ahuatanga mai raano tenei.  Kei te tohe hoki nga matua a nga tamariki kia rapuhia he huarahi hou hei whakaako i a ratou tamariki e pa ana ki te tike me te he.  Kua whakahengia tenei kaupapa e te nuinga o nga tamariki i nga tau ki mua mo te ako haahi, a i tae nga patai ki nga kura kotahi mano waru rau e pa ana ki te whakamahi me te whakaako haahi.  Rima rau whitu ma waru o aua kura e ngakau nui ana ki nga karakia a te runga rawa.  rima tekau ma ono kei te whakahe i tenei take.