Syrian govt considers stopping religious education from curricula
The Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad may cancel religious education in its schools, according to reports from activists and regime officials
The Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad may cancel religious education in its schools, according to reports from activists and regime officials.
Member of Parliament Nabil Saleh said on his official Facebook page that the parliament had discussed an item related to cancelling religious education from educational curricula in Syria.
Previous media reports said sources in the past 24 hours said there had been a dispute among members of parliament regarding religious matters such as separating male students from female students during religious education classes.
However, it later turned out that on July 28, the parliament discussed the possibility of cancelling religious education in schools. According to sources, the dispute erupted while discussing cancelling religious education as MPs Reem al-Saei and Farah Himsho, who are categorized as Islamists, stood against the proposal.
Meanwhile, Saleh, said the parliament discussed this item related to cancelling religious education in Syrian schools and replacing it with a subject on “morals.”
What’s known as a Russian-drafted constitution for Syria, and which is a draft constitution which sources close to the Assad regime confirmed it was submitted to the latter, has proposed cancelling the president’s sect from the Syrian constitution in addition to cancelling the name “Arab” from the “Syrian Arab Republic” so it’s only the “Syrian Republic.”
The Russian-drafted constitution also proposes cancelling the inclusion of the word “Allah” from the oath section and writing “I swear” instead of “I swear by Almighty God.”
Assad has not acknowledged there is a Russian-drafted constitution for Syria and reiterated there isn’t any. But a report published on June 17 by the Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar, which is affiliated with the Lebanese Party Hezbollah, one of the Syrian regime’s close allies, there is a Russian-drafted constitution with the Syrian regime’s handwritten notes on it.
News of the proposal to cancel religious education in Syrian schools has received feedback particularly by figures who have previously suggested replacing religious education with “national education.” Hossam Eddine Kholasi, a doctor and an academic from Aleppo and who’s close to the Syrian regime and who had called on the latter to shell Aleppo with missiles, has previously made such proposals.