Compulsory religious studies “could breach human rights”

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BBC Wales reports that legal expert, Sir Malcolm Evans, has warned that compulsory religious education under the new national curriculum could be a breach of human rights.

The European Convention on Human Rights – enshrined in UK law via the Human Rights Act – states that parents have a right to educate their children in accordance with their religious or philosophical beliefs.

As a result, it’s argued that unless the new Religion, Values and Ethics curriculum isn’t suitably broad, inclusive and theologically neutral, it could leave the Welsh Government open to a legal challenge.

The Welsh Government said it was confident the new curriculum complies with the Human Rights Act.