First I must honour God: the Catholic RE certificate

the Catholic RE certificateThe return of Stormont gives legislators the opportunity to loosen the grip that religious organisations have on our schools.

As they ponder the need for change they would be well advised to study the briefing paper issued this week on the Catholic Certificate in Religious Education by the UNESCO centre at the University of Ulster which is supported by the Integrated Education Fund and the Community Foundation.

It is the latest in a series of ten papers which rigorously scrutinise NI’s divided education system and have been designed to stimulate an informed debate.

It builds on previous reports on the Fair Employment Tribunal Order (FETO) exception which permits discrimination on religious grounds for employing teachers in schools and the extent of church involvement in education.