School children need to be taught Christianity so they can understand British history and culture, according to a poll of parents.
The poll, carried out by Oxford University, of nearly 2,000 adults found that most wanted their children to be taught the history of the religion, major festivals like Easter and Christmas and Christian morality, reports the Daily Express.
"The presentation of Christianity can be incoherent, lacking in intellectual development, or too stereotypical," according to Researcher Dr Nigel Fancourt.
Almost two-thirds parents believe that Christianity is key to Britain's history and over half think it is important to help children understand British culture. Nearly half say more attention should be given to teaching Christianity in RE lessons - but a third say many teachers do not know enough about it themselves.
The survey is part of a university project to help RE teachers following concerns among inspectors about how it is being taught. There has been concern about RE in schools after it was excluded from the English Baccalaureate qualification. (ANI)