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School survey

THE provision of the 1944 Education Act requiring schools to have a religious assembly every day is being

. constantly ignored, according to a survey conducted by the Assistant Masters' Association.

The Act exempts only those schools with inadequate assembly facilities. But according to the AMA findings only 21 per cent of schools k% ith enough room to hold an assembly, actually do.

Peter Smith, the assistant secretary of AMA, said: "I personally was very surprised to see that voluntary schools. which by and large are religious foundations, seem to treat the State requirements as flexibly as schools which have no distinct commitment as such."

More than 75 per cent of the schools taking part in the sure vey said that they were in favour of regular corporate worship, and more than half felt that it should be kept compulsory.

It was also pointed out that the "religious morning assembly" was often used for non-spiritual purposes such as giving out administrative information and exhortations on good behaviour.

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