Pupils ‘should have choice to skip religious education’

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THE United Nations is calling for children in Scotland to be given the right to opt out of religious worship in schools without their parents’ consent.

A report by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child called for the repeal of compulsory collective worship in UK schools.

Gordon MacRae, chief executive of Humanist Society Scotland, welcomed the report.

He said: “While we would like to see religious observance scrapped and replaced with a more inclusive alternative, such as philosophy with children, we have called for updated guidance on numerous occasions to ensure that the situation in Scotland is compatible with the law.

“It is now clear the Scottish Government’s policy on religious observance flies in the face of the recommendations of several high-profile academic reports, the views and wishes of many stakeholders and now a high-level report from the UN.

“We have worked constructively with the Scottish Government for many years, but now it’s time for action.”