Cornelia Roux


The National Policy on Religion and Education emphasised the value of recognising
the diversity of belief systems in South Africa, particularly in the school system. The
document focuses on the South African Constitutional values while the framework is
based on the co-operative model of legal separation and the possibility of creative
interaction between religion and state. In order to implement this new approach in
schools, both teachers and students from diverse religions and belief systems will be
required to facilitate religions, values as well as belief systems other than their own,
in a professional manner. Their professional skills in facilitating different belief
systems may also be vital in the successful implementation of the policy in schools.
This article reports on an empirical research with pre-services teachers on the
factors that influenced their perceptions on religion in schools and multireligion
education, in particular during their compulsory school practices.

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