PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Sipho Maga
 
Comments: 38
Article views: 1065
 
 
Latest Badges:


 
View all Sipho Maga's badges.
 

Christian propaganda in SA school settings

02 September 2013, 13:23

Regrettably,the church and state separation in South Africa does not materialise as clearly as it should. Particularly when it comes to religious practice in schools through assemblies,collective prayers and other,mostly Christian rituals in public,non religious identifying schools.The South African constitution promotes a 'Co-operative Model"  policy for religion and public education,in which separate areas of influence for religion and the state are prioritised while while promoting cooperation between the two.Here,citizens are said to be protected from religious discrimination. It also promotes co-operation between religious groups and the state. Finally, it supports Religion Education in public school curriculum.



However,according to Na'eem Jeenah, "Religion Education is a form of education which does not focus on any one particular religion but teaches about many different religions. Its aim is not to teach learners about their own religions only and it does not teach how to pray and the details of how to perform other duties in their traditions. Its aim is to teach learners about the different religions that exist in our country and the rest of the world so that we might be able to understand each other and each other’s traditions better. Educators teaching Religion Education have to be careful to treat all the religions fairly. This is the form of education which should be carried out in public schools."

And yet you get to see the exact opposite in schools across the country.There are assemblies in which students are expected to gather prior to commencing classes,where often the Christian bible will be read or quoted briefly before students are instructed to close their eyes and pray,often 'Our father who art in heaven'. There are little to no provisions made for students of other religious or traditional backgrounds.Assembly time is compulsory and everyone is non- negotiably subjected to these rituals there.

You would think they would personally ask the learners if they at least willing to participate in these hegemonic Christian faith rituals that dominate these schools.With an exception of a few schools and other specific religious schools like Muslim schools,It is assumed that all learners subscribe to Christianity.And from my observation as a black South African,all the schools I have seen are all very Christian.

This pervasive Christian propaganda in schools needs to be brought into question.The government needs to go back to the drawing board and brainstorm carefully how best to go about this.Because on the one hand religious freedoms are protected by the Constitution, but on the other dominant religions are brought to professional education settings to teach learners of a compulsory and correct way of life,rather than to expose them to options they may choose from.It is here that behaviours are 'corrected' and diversity shunned.Other learners are quite literally forced to comply with this kind of oppressive disservice.
But essentially what you are preaching to learners,as it were,is that they are not equal.People with certain beliefs are 'preferred' while others are ignored and silenced,thereby maintaining social patterns of inequality and discrimination and rendering the school setting as a space for learning how to be proper.That to be proper you must be Christian.

I am not referring here to specifically religious schools like Catholic schools,Hindu schools and so forth as these are explicit about the religions through which they operate so that at least the parents have consented on behalf of their children.(Although there are non such schools as 'indigenous' traditional belief schools in South Africa that I'm aware of,perhaps I need to go out more)

 This brings questions of democracy into question.We operate from the pretences that diversity is prioritised and accommodated in our country and then we go and teach learners that their traditional beliefs,for instance,are inferior to dominant Christianity.That they need to shove them in professional settings and "put their act" together,thereby further entrenching post-colonial discourses. There has got to be away to accomodate diversity in this country,starting with schools,that does not assume homogeneity.Either religious practices are banned in public school settings or ALL kinds of beliefs are given equal platform.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
38 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
woadstress
What do I aspire to?

A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself.  Read more...

2 comments 103 views
Submitted by
Manthole Morwa Kgwedi
“The transition of the taxi indus...

South Africa is one of the countries in the world where the higher percentages of the population is using public transport as the mode of movement. Read more...

4 comments 412 views
Submitted by
Tommie Cato
What tough RWC pool for the Sprin...

The Springboks have only one major concern….don’t pick up any injuries against Samoa. Read more...

6 comments 633 views
Submitted by
woadstress
Boredom

How many times have you said to yourself and to other people… “I am bored” Read more...

5 comments 325 views
Submitted by
Markrschulz
Operation INFEKTION

It always amazes me how quickly some members of our population will point the finger at the United States intelligence services as the root of all evil plaguing Africa.  Read more...

2 comments 195 views
Submitted by
Darryn David Grimsley
Grabouw N2 protests

The N2 outside Grabouw has been closed by protesters burning tyres and throwing huge rocks in the road.  Read more...

3 comments 1262 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Pre-order your iPhone 6 at kalahari.com

Hurry and pre-order your own iPhone 6 now at SA’s favourite online store!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blow low prices on electronics

Get either the Prestigio multiphone or Proline tablet 7” tablet for only R699. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Barbie toys

Save 30% on all Barbie toys and accessories. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Baby extravanganza month at kalahari.com

Celebrate baby month with a wide range of awesome baby products. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.