Religious Practices

Public schools itself may conduct religious observances and the extent to which these may be religion specific is a matter for regulation by school governing bodies (SGBs) in terms of their own adopted policies and rules, subject to any supervisory role that might be accorded to provincial departments by statute. However the SGB cannot publicly hold out that the school promotes or adheres to one religion as the basis for education,whether in its formal mission statement, religious policy, prospectus or on any social media platform. Attendance of all religious observances must be voluntary, in other words exemptions must be permitted and meaningful alternative arrangements made for those who wish not to attend. Visit www.fedsas.org.za for further information on the implications of case law for governing bodies'functions and powers in terms of determining their schools’ religious policy and observances.