Courts study 84 objections to controversial school subject

LAST UPDATED: 17 Sep, 2007 @ 13:51
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A CONTROVERSIAL new subject has made its debut in schools around Spain without any of the protests planned by opponents.

Throughout the country, only 84 parents had made official complaints about the new Education for Citizenship and Human Rights lesson, with 76 of those in Andalucia.

The new lesson aims to teach Spain’s 210,000 school children about personal and social relations in society.

Religious and conservative groups, who are angered at government moves to take moral teachings out of the hands of the Catholic Church, had initially claimed more than 15,000 people were to boycott the new classes.

The Archbishop of Granada, Francisco Javier Martinez, had called for “shows of civil disobedience” in protest at the new lesson.

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