Religion classes in school- no longer mandatory

According to The Minister of Education, Sorin Cîmpianu, religion is no longer a mandatory discipline in schools and it won’t be included in the new curriculum. In an interview for the Gândul newspaper, The Minister affirmed that” the decision of the Constitutional Court is enforceable, it says that religion classes are obligatory for the ministry and the schools, and are optional for students” this leading to the fact that from the beginning of the school year 2015-2016, students or their tutors will have to choose whether or not to attend religion classes by completing an application.

According to the Ministry of Education, out of the 2,366,086 eligible students to submit the application until Friday, 6th of March 2105; 2,123,645 applications were submitter, which accounted for 89,75% out of the total number. The application form included 18 of the recognized churches in Romania according the the La 489/2006; among which: the Romanian Orthodox Church,  the Roman Catholic, Greek Catholic, Reformed Church of Romania and the Religious Organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses.


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