Wales debates the place of acts of worship in schools

Schools in Wales could be no longer obliged to hold religious acts of worship following a campaign by two school girls.

Rhiannon Shipton and Lily McAllister-Sutton, both 15, collected more than 1,300 names on an e-petition on the National Assembly for Wales website.

The petition calls on the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh government to “pass a law that removes the obligation on schools to hold acts of religious worship”.

And now the Welsh Assembly’s Petitions Committee has agreed to write to the education secretary Kirsty Williams asking her to investigate whether the legal requirement on mainstream schools to hold collective acts of worship is compatible with human rights laws.

Ms Williams will also have to consider a counter-petition asking for religious worship in schools to remain as it is. This petition has received even more support.

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