Dáil Éireann - Volume 614 - 15 February, 2006
Written Answers. - School Curriculum.
Mr. Quinn Mr. Quinn
105. Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for Education and Science her views on the proposal by the Irish Primary Principals Network that responsibility for preparation for First Communion and Confirmation should transfer from the school to the parents and church; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5742/06]
Ms Hanafin Ms Hanafin
Ms Hanafin: Section 15 of the Education Act 1998 requires boards of management of schools to uphold, and be accountable to the patron for upholding, the characteristic spirit of the school as determined by the cultural, educational, moral, religious, social, educational, linguistic and spiritual values and traditions which inform and are characteristic of the objectives and conduct of the school.
Provision is made for the inclusion of religious education on the curriculum for primary schools. My Department recognises the rights of the different church authorities to design these curricula and to supervise their teaching and implementation. To this end, 30 minutes of the school day is allocated to the teaching of religious education. I understand that a number of pilot projects have been prepared by the Catholic Church whereby preparation for the sacraments is shared between the home, the school and the parish.
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