MP’s support for religious lessons

Mike Hancock MP
Mike Hancock MP
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MIKE Hancock has signed a motion to protest at education secretary Michael Gove’s decision to omit religious education from the list of key subjects in the new English Baccalaureate (Ebac) qualification.

The Portsmouth South MP joins more than 90,000 people including celebrities, academics, church leaders and MPs who have already signed up to support the RE.ACT campaign. Peter Kerridge, CEO of Premier Christian Media Group, said: ‘The campaign is gaining more supporters by the day.

‘This is an issue that’s close to everyone’s heart, whether you’re a Christian, Muslim or Hindu. We need our kids to learn about their neighbours and squash this escalating cycle of religious illiteracy.’

The aim of the RE.ACT campaign is to mobilise the Christian community to put pressure on Mr Gove to include GCSE RE in the EBac curriculum. The Ebac, introduced in Mr Gove’s education white paper ‘The Importance of Teaching’ last October, consists of five A* to C GSCE passes in science, English, maths, history or geography, and a modern or ancient language.