Macedonia Plea for Religion In Schools

May 20, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Balkan Insight

Macedonia’s main religious communities, Tuesday demanded the re-introduction of religion teaching in primary schools, through constitutional changes if necessary.

The heads of the Macedonian Orthodox Church, MPC, of the Islamic Religious Community, of the Catholic Church in the country, the Methodist church as well as of the Jewish community sent an open letter to the states’ institutions and to the public with the following request:

"We will keep demanding this until we achieve our goal. We urge the responsible authorities to enable schoolchildren to study the subject of religious teaching as of the next school year," says the letter presented on their joint press conference in Skopje.

The Constitutional Court, last month scrapped provisions enabling religious teaching for fifth graders saying that it collides with the existing secular premises of the state.