AIMS OF FIRIS

  • Maintain an inclusive school curriculum that does not require any student to withdraw from class on account of different religious beliefs.
  • Formally cease the practice of volunteer-run special religious instruction (SRI) during school hours.
  • Follow an objective, fair and balanced comparative syllabus for education about religions and beliefs.
  • Treat all religious organisations who wish to use the school facilities outside of the school day with transparent and equitable policies.

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Fairness In Religions In School

*** FIRIS SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT - Friday October 31st, 2014 ***Fairness in Religions in School (FIRIS) yesterday wrote to Victoria’s Education Minister Martin Dixon advising him that the provision of SRI in Victorian State schools is unlawful and must be immediately suspended.(see letter below, which was sent to Minister Dixon yesterday)Despite repeated requests, the DEECD has been unable to provide FIRIS with any evidence that the approximately 3000 SRI instructors in Victorian schools have been approved by the Minister, as required by the Education and Training (2006) Act.The Minister also gave a parliamentary answer in 2013 to Sue Pennicuik of the Greens that it was ACCESS who do this. And ACCESS say on their website that the Minister does this.What is going on here?The Minister and the DEECD have been repeatedly informed by FIRIS that this lack of approval is a breach of the Minister's own regulations, their duty of care obligations and the Education and Training Reform Act 2006.Minister Dixon now has no other option but to immediately suspend the provision of SRI in Victoria state schools, until he can demonstrate that Victoria's SRI Instructors have been approved.Until they are properly approved, as required by law, the Instructors have no business being in our schools.Unapproved SRI Instructors mean our kids are at risk, whilst Minister Dixon puts the interests of religious groups ahead of the education and wellbeing of our kids.We now await his response. If he has fulfilled his legal obligations and approved the Instructors, then let him provide the proof. Or will he continue to ignore this issue? ... See MoreSee Less

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Kay ClarkeLIKE LIKE LIKE!!!!!!3 hours ago

Anne Ogilvie"in good faith", how ironic3 hours ago

Kate de BruinGo Rupert!3 hours ago

Lara WoodWhat a mess3 hours ago

Louise Melbourne👏 but can they just change the wording to "approved by the minister or delegate" & then delegate this responsibility to ACCESS? That seems very undesirable.3 hours ago

Sonja TerpstraHey - You might like to talk to www.adogs.info to see if they can help!3 hours ago

Kate de BruinUndesirable ... and newsworthy?3 hours ago

Fairness In Religions In SchoolLouise Melbourne - we have checked that out, and has not been done.3 hours ago

Fairness In Religions In SchoolWe are very familiar with DOGS, Sonja Terpstra thank you.3 hours ago

Harry Gordon"Lawful? Who needs that? We are the lawmakers. We are above the law. We do what we want then make the laws to suit. We are chosen by God to make the laws and we know exactly what He wants."Have I got the attitude right?3 hours ago

Sonja TerpstraThis Govt just makes stuff up as they go along......2 hours ago

Fairness In Religions In School

We are pleased to announce that Lara Wood will be speaking at the REOPEN OUR SCHOOLS community forum, to be held on 12th November at 7.30pm.Lara will represent FIRIS and will be joined by Dr David Zyngier, the Australian Education Union, Nicholas Abbey from VICSO, and candidates for the seat of Ivanhoe.Please join us at the forum to make your views about SRI and other issues concerning public education known.An important event not to be missed. ... See MoreSee Less

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