Pupils can now opt for ethics

PRIMARY school students finally have an alternative to scripture classes, with the announcement yesterday from Premier Nathan Rees of a trial of ‘ethics’ lessons for children.

The Northern Star reported yesterday on Ocean Shores Public School students who were not allowed to tend the school garden during their opt-out lesson because of NSW Education Department rules.

Ocean Shores P&C association president Laurel Cohn said 10 schools would pilot the program, with the aim of rolling it out to more schools if it was successful.

“This has been a long, seven-year campaign by parents and it shows that parents do have a voice in shaping the educational outcomes for our children,” she said.

The 10 schools chosen for the pilot are all in Sydney.



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