Spanish Children saying ‘no’ to religion classes

Demand by primary and secondary school pupils for religion classes dropped by 0.5 million in Spain over the last decade, Ministry of Education statistics revealed. The ministry announced that just over three-quarters of 2.7 million children in primary schools and 55 per cent of the country’s 1.8 million secondary pupils opted to take religion during the 2008–2009 school year.

Twice the proportion of pupils in private schools chose Catholic religion classes, although fewer than one per cent of pupils in either the state or private sector studied other religions. 24 per cent of pupils in primary schools received no religious education at all.

Under education laws passed with heavy resistance from the Catholic Church in 2006, religion classes were made optional.