NCCA Religion Course was always optional
The NCCA Religious Education Course was optional when it was first introduced in 2000. The roll out of the course took 3 years.
At the time, no Schools, Teachers, the TUI, Patron Bodies or the Catholic Bishops complained about needing extra resources for a new course that was introduced into the curriculum.
Roll on 19 years and the same people are now complaining that they have no resources to provide another subject to students that opt out of an optional subject.
This is just religious discrimination. All these people made the optional NCCA Religion course mandatory in most schools without any consultation with parents or students. Some of these schools now make the course compulsory.
The Department of Education just sat back and let this happen. We are continuing to campaign against this abuse of our Constitutional and Human Rights.
You can find the link to the Circular Letter here