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Community split on religious clubs in schools

Oct 15th, 2008 | By | Category: Latest News, News

NewsWire readers polled neck and neck on whether religious groups have a place in secular schools.

Slightly more than half of those responding to the NewsWire poll thought it was okay, while 47% said they were against it.

The poll accompanied our story reporting that some parents object to the Hataitai School Supakidz religious group, which runs at the school during lunch breaks.

The name Supakidz is seen by some as suggesting children who do not attend are not “super kids”.

An objecting voter, Stanley Welch, suggests there is plenty of opportunity at weekends for instruction at religious venues where children attend.

“Everyone should be free to follow their religious beliefs but not to foist their beliefs on a captive audience, which this Supakidz appears to do,” he says.

However, Supakidz helper Dave Elkin says (in a comment to NewsWire) that it is unfortunate if a group chooses an affirming name and an incorrect assumption is made that those who do not attend lack that attribute.

“I am not sure many children have had identity crises because they don’t eat Weet-Bix (Kiwi kids),” he says.

Under the Education Act optional religious programmes have been allowed in secular schools out of teaching hours since 1964.

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