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Anger over school prayer group ban

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According to The Age, Lunchtime prayer and bible study groups run by teachers or volunteers have been banned at state schools in Victoria under a ministerial directive.

The new policy has angered Christian groups who say it could be in breach of human rights and religious freedom.

The ban, which has taken many by surprise, came into effect on July 14, as part of changes to the controversial special religious instruction requirements.

New guidelines allowing principals to cease offering special religious instruction if there are insufficient resources, such as teachers or classrooms, have been widely publicised.

However the ministerial directive also states that lunchtime prayer groups and religious clubs cannot be conducted by staff, parents, visitors or volunteers.

This affects all state secondary schools, as well as primary schools, where special religious instruction is typically provided. 

For more details please check The Age