National policy on education

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STAATSKOERANT 12 SEPTEMBER 2003

No. 25459

GOVERNMENT NOTICE

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
No. 1307

12 September 2003

NATIONAL EDUCATION POLICY ACT, 1996 (ACT NO. 27 OF 1996)
NATIONAL POLICY ON RELIGION AND EDUCATION.

I, Kader Asinal, Minister of Education, hereby determine national policy in terms of Section 3(4) (1) of the National Education Policy Act. 1996 (Act No. 27 of 1996), relating to Religion and Education National Policy.

I hereby give notice to declare the national policy on Religion and Education as Policy in terms Section 3 (4)(1) of the National Education Policy Act, 1996 (Act No. 27 of 1996). I further give notice in terms of Section 7 of the said Act that this policy is obtainable upon written request from the Director-Gcneral Deparbnent of Education, Private Bag X895, Pretoria. 0001, for attention Ms S Ramogale at telephone (012)312 5670 or fax (012) 323 5855.

Professor Kader Asmal, MP
Minister of Education
11 September 2003

STAATSKOERANT 12 SEPTEMBER 2003

No. 25459

National Policy on
RELIGION AND EDUCATION

CONTENTS
MINISTERS FOREWORD

2

INTRODUCTION TO THE POLICY ON RELIGION AND EDUCATION..3
Background to the Policy on Religion and Education

5

The Context

6

Values

6

THE POLICY

8

Application

8

Religion Education

9

Key Features of Religion Education

12

The Teaching of Religion Education

14

Learning Religion Education

17

Materials for Religion Education

18

Contents and Assessment of Religion Education Programmes

19

Religious Instruction

20

Religious Observances

21

CONCLUSION

23

DEFINITIONS

26

APPENDIX

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GOVERNMENT GAZETTE, 12 SEPTEMBER 2003

Minister's foreword

I have great pleasure in publishing this Policy on Religion and Education, as approved by the Council of Education Ministers

on 4th

August 2003. The Policy is necessary and overdue to give

full expression to the invocation of religion in our Constitution and the principles governing religious freedom.

As a democratic society with a diverse population of different cultures, languages and religions we are duty bound to ensure that through our diversity we develop a unity of purpose and spirit that recognises and celebrates our diversity. This should be particularly evident in our public schools where no particular religious ethos should be dominant over and suppress others. Just as we must ensure and protect the equal rights of all students to be at school, we must also appreciate their right to have their religious views recognised and respected.

We do not have a state religion. But our country is not a secular state where there is a very strict separation between religion and the state.

The Policy recognises the rich and diverse religious heritage of our country and adopts a cooperative model that accepts our rich heritage and the possibility of creative inter-action between schools and faith whilst, protecting our young people from religious discrimination or coercion.

What we are doing through this Policy is to extend the concept of equity to the relationship between religion and education, in a way that recognises the rich religious diversity of our land. In the Policy, we do not impose any narrow prescriptions or ideological views regarding the relationship between religion and education. Following the lead of the Constitution and the South African Schools Act, we provide a broad framework within which people of goodwill will work out their own approaches.

The Policy is neither negative nor hostile towards any religion or faith and does not discriminate against anyone. Rather it displays a profound respect towards religious faith and affirms the importance of the study of religion and religious observances.

Professor Kader Asmal
Minister of Education

STAATSKOERANT, 12 SEPTEMBER 2003

No. 25459

Introduction to the Policy on Religion and Education

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