Don't change the school enrolment form. Give parents all the information they need to decide if they want to send their kids to religion, ethics or "supervised" activities in NSW public schools.

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Don't change the school enrolment form. Give parents all the information they need to decide if they want to send their kids to religion, ethics or "supervised" activities in NSW public schools.

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Primary Ethics Ltd started this petition to NSW Premier Mike Baird

When parents want their child to attend a NSW public school, they must complete an enrolment form. Currently on this form parents choose if they want their child to attend scripture classes, ethics classes or “supervised activities” once a week. The law giving children the right to attend ethics classes was passed on Dec 1, 2010. The current enrolment form was introduced in June 2014 to reflect the 2010 change in legislation.

There are at least 100,000 children who currently don't attend religion classes in NSW primary schools each week.

Christian providers of scripture classes in NSW admit that they are behind plans to draft children into scripture classes without the knowledge of parents or care-givers. They have convinced Premier Mike Baird to change the enrolment form so that the only question asked is, “What is the student’s religion?” This was the question that used to be on the enrolment form before ethics classes were written into law in late 2010. There is no mention of ethics classes and no mention of the fact that you don't have to go to a religion class in the proposed revised form. For that matter, it doesn't tell you that by answering that question, you are enrolling your child into a religion class in that faith, if it is available in that school.

The Churches are attempting to justify this need for deception and the denial of the right to give informed consent, on the basis that parents are “confused” by the opportunity to choose between three options. The Churches’ solution is to deny all choice.

They have convinced the Premier, Mike Baird, to instruct the NSW Department of Education to make changes to the enrolment form that are deceptive and misleading. The Premier justifies this attack on the rights of parents and children on the basis that it is simply a return to the way things used to be done. It was - before the law was changed in 2010 to let kids do philosophical ethics classes run by the charity, Primary Ethics.

Please join me in asking Premier Baird to make no changes to the current enrolment form and to fully inform parents of all options available in NSW public primary schools so that they can enrol their children in religion, ethics or "supervised activities".

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This petition had 7,003 supporters