Preparing pupils for sacraments eating into class time - Independent.ie
I cannot for the life of me understand why it should take more than two-and-a-half hours a week to teach the sacraments to Catholic children. After all, it is in plain English.Teachers are supposed to devote just half-an-hour a day, or a total of two-and-a-half hours a week, to religion.
However, a survey of 363 primary teachers by the Irish National Teachers' Organisation (INTO) has found that most are exceeding this allocation.
Besides, failing to remember a prayer correctly is not as serious as not been able to read, write and do basic maths properly and, therefore, parents and boards of management are unlikely to be hung up about it. Therefore, there is no need for primary teachers to exceed the two-and-a-half-hour limit.
PS: This is not about the issue of whether or not religious instruction should be moved out of school hours, which has already been done to death.