IN GREECE, THE COUNCIL OF STATE CONCLUDES THAT COMPULSORY RELIGIOUS EDUCATION IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL




Serhat TUNAR -TDO- In Greece, the Council of State ruled that religious courses, which were made compulsory by the Syriza government in 2017, were contrary to the constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights.

In the reasoned decision of the Council of State, it was stated that religious lessons were aimed at improving the Orthodox Christian conscience and therefore religious lessons should be given only to Christian students.

It was also stated that compulsory religious classes were compulsorily given to atheist or students with other beliefs, contrary to freedom of belief.

In Greece, religious instruction was taught in primary and secondary schools with a mandatory 1 or 2 hour Orthodox sect. However, Muslim minority schools also offered Islamic religious classes.

In a separate decision of the Council of State students' school certificates, beliefs and citizens of the countries where the Greek constitution is ruled to be included. Greek Education Minister Niki Kerameus signed the ministerial decision that terminated this practice.