Public debates against religion classes proved to be an irrelevant topic, given the high percentage of parents who opted for their children to attend religion classes, Education Minister Sorin Cimpeanu said in a press conference on Saturday in Braila (southeastern Romania).
The procedure required the parents to opt in writing for those classes in schools from primary through high school; according to the minister, 89.75 percent of them did so by the Friday deadline, but data were not complete and more opt-in requests will probably entered in the records.
‘In the beginning I was somehow worried about the teaching hours norm of our colleagues, the religion teachers who began their activity in September 2014; we’re talking about 4,200 out of the 6,200 religion teachers in the system. My worries are gone now,’ Cimpeanu declared quoted by Agerpres.
The public debates about religion classes got more intense, including a recent TV advertising campaign of the Orthodox Church, after the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) ruled in November 2014 the procedure that involved demanding the exemption from the optional religion classes was unconstitutional, and those who wanted such classes for their children were the ones who had to demand it.