Hindus push for change in Ireland's education system

Last Updated: Mon, Jul 12, 2010 13:30 hrs

Hindus are asking for either opening-up of multi-religious schools or making the education more secular in Ireland.

Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that Irish society and the world had changed so much, and thus education in Ireland should also keep pace with the society.

Currently, according to an estimate, Roman Catholic Church runs about 90 per cent elementary schools and 50 percent high schools in Ireland. According to reports, Church still writes many rules in schools and has a say in recruitment and enrolment. Religious icons of majority religion can be seen on school walls.

Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, further said that Ireland's education system needed an urgent change. Ireland government should step in to take a higher role in education. As now diversity of religious faiths was growing, the near monopoly of patronage of one denomination in education should go.

Ireland is known for James Joyce, Robert Boyle, William Butler Yeats, Saint Patrick, U2, Undertones, shamrocks, pubs, 40 shades of green, Emerald Isle, etc. Mary McAleese is the President.(ANI)