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Religious groups slam Swazi school policy to teach only Christianity

Schools are obliged to submit their religious studies syllabi at the start of each term to show they contain no Islam or Judaism.

Bible. Picture: freeimages.com

JOHANNESBURG – Swaziland's government has ordered schools to teach only Christianity.

Other religious groups have slammed this, saying that it fuels intolerance.

Swazi schools opened for their new year this week with new textbooks mentioning only the Bible.

Schools are obliged to submit their religious studies syllabi at the start of each term to show they contain no Islamic or Jewish references.

Criticism has been particularly strong from the Muslim community that makes up a tenth of the kingdom’s 1,2 million population.

They say it will create religious friction in the kingdom, particularly in rural areas where they experience discrimination.

Swazi authorities say the move is designed to avoid confusing pupils.

Many Swazis combine Christianity with indigenous beliefs and religious freedoms are written into the country's 2005 constitution.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)