the olive press
Spain's best English daily news website
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Subscribe: RSS or Email

Department of Education U-turn on Gibraltar GCSE options

PUBLISHED: September 6, 2013 at 11:39 am  •  LAST EDITED: September 6, 2013 at 12:10 pm
Gibraltar, Lead  •  4 Comments

Department of Education U-turn on Gibraltar GCSE options

Do you have news for us?
Click to contact the newsdesk!

STUDENTS in Gibraltar are now being offered an alternative to GCSE Religious Education (RE), meaning they will not be a qualification down if they opt out of the class.

From this school year, General Studies will be taught to pupils in government schools that do not wish to take RE for reasons of conscience. Up until now these students were not able to take a replacement subject.

The move is the result of a campaign led by Dave Gibbins, secretary of the Secular Humanist Society of Gibraltar (SHSG).

In February the group requested a meeting with the Department of Education (DoE) to discuss the matter, but were told there would be no change to the policy.

The DoE have now done a U-turn, enabling parents to write to their children’s school stating they wish to opt out of RE and opt into General Studies.

In a statement, the SHSG said: “If your child is not religious or has no interest in the subject and wishes to do something else now is the time to act. The SHSG supports freedom of religion but also freedom from religion.

“We feel it is important for people to be aware that RE is not defined as a ‘core subject’ under the Education (National Curriculum) Regulations, 1991 as has been claimed, and opting out is a simple process.

Did you like this? Share it:

Reader Comments »

Stuart Crawford

September 7th, 2013 9:13 am

Religious education is the same as political education – both forms of brainwashing.


September 7th, 2013 5:43 pm

Surely in an RE exam “God would guide your hand” and everyone would get full marks.


September 7th, 2013 9:26 pm

History education has enough religion involved. I’d rather my child was taught an extra science subject. Science and mathematics is much more important.


September 10th, 2013 11:25 pm

Any organisation concerned with education should not be wasting resources and time teaching about invisible sky fairies.

The views expressed in the comments above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Olive Press.

Messages will be moderated or deleted if they:
• Are considered likely to disrupt, provoke, attack or offend others
• Are racist, sexist, homophobic, sexually explicit, abusive or otherwise objectionable
• Contain swear words or other language likely to offend
• Break the law or condone or encourage unlawful activity. This includes breach of copyright, defamation and contempt of court
• Advertise products or services for profit or gain
• Are seen to impersonate someone else
• Include contact details such as phone numbers, postal or email addresses
• Describe or encourage activities which could endanger the safety or well-being of others
• If you have a complaint about a comment please email [email protected]

 Back to the Top

Read Our Latest Print Edition »

Read More Olive Press Back Issues Online »