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Christmas carols off the curriculum

Students at Victorian government schools will be stopped from learning or singing a wide selection of Christmas carols under new guidelines issued by the Andrews Labor Government.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien said under recent Ministerial instructions issued by the Andrews Government, principals have been told that students will not be able to participate in singing any “praise music” that includes praise of a god or a religious figure, if the singing is organised by school volunteers.

“I think most people are sick of this sort of politically correct nonsense,” Mr O’Brien said.

“This is not about whether the education system is secular or not.  It's about recognising that Christmas is about the birth of Christ and the carols and hymns that tell that story are just as important for children to learn about - but more importantly, to enjoy.

“If we were to take secular education to these extremes, then we wouldn't have Christmas celebrated at all and I don't think anyone is seriously suggesting that, at least I hope not. 

“It would be a sad reflection on our society if Christmas was reduced to being just about Santa, Jingle Bells and presents.”

Mr O’Brien said the new guidelines state that teachers will only be able to teach carols if it is done as part of a wide-ranging “general religious education” curriculum that covers different religions in Australia and around the world.

In addition, principals will be required to ensure that children are not taught to sing carols such as Holy Night, Away in a Manger or We Three Kings during school carols or pageants, as these welcome the birth of Jesus Christ.

“I know there are plenty of non-Christians in our community but for the most part they take no offence at the celebration of Christian traditions and it's an important part of our culture,” Mr O’Brien said.

“We will be greatly diminished if we try to sanitise everything in the vain attempt to avoid offending someone.

“I want Daniel Andrews to listen to Victorians and reverse this terrible decision. We need to show how important this issue is to families in our local area.”

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