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Education defends Islam homework

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EDUCATION has defended a decision to set homework that asked pupils to write a letter to their family explaining why they had converted to Islam.

A parent complained on social media when the RE homework was given to 12 and 13-year-olds at Les Beaucamps and students were asked to say how they were feeling, how becoming Muslim had changed their life for the better and how much they loved their family.

The post attracted more critical comments questioning the appropriateness of the task.

'The Guernsey agreed syllabus for religious education includes a structured framework for ensuring that Christianity and the other five principal religions (Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Sikhism) are studied with sufficient depth and breadth throughout the four Key Stages,' an Education spokesman said.

'It is important that our students are able to learn about, understand, investigate and question all that is around them. As with all subjects, homework will be set to cover all areas of the curriculum.'

The department said that the parent who had complained on Facebook had contacted the school, had the context explained, and was now happy.

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