Swaziland Orders Teachers To Teach Only Christianity

The ministry of education in Swaziland last week instructed all head teachers to ensure that the syllabus would not mention any religion other than Christianity.

Officials said that old text books were being replaced with new ones that mention only the Bible.

A top education ministry official had this to say concerning the policy

“Other religions will not be offered at primary and high school level,”

He went on to add that the policy is meant to avoid confusion.

“At tertiary level they will be able to make a decision to learn about other religions”.

The new education policy comes after public complaints over Asian and Muslim migration into the country led parliament to set up a commission of enquiry last year.

Meanwhile, church leaders in Swaziland have welcomed the decision saying

“Christianity is the bedrock religion on which this country was built”. -Stephen Masilela, president of the Swaziland Conference of Churches.

Swaziland is a country with a population of about 1.2 million, has been ruled by King Mswati III, Africa’s last absolute monarch, since 1986.

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