"The subject of religion is attracting fewer pupils in Catalan schools, despite efforts by the PP party to bolster the subject in the Wert education reform.
According to figures from the Catalan
education department, in the 2015/2016 school year, 159,311 pupils
studied religion, fewer than the 182,687 who took the subject in
2010/2011. In secondary schools, only 30% of all pupils chose the
subject (7% in public schools).
In Spain as a whole the trend has
also been downward. Figures from the Conferencia Episcopal Española for
2015/2016 say 70% of primary school pupils and 55% of secondary school
pupils studied the Catholic religion.
Given the decline, the PP
government attempted to boost the subject in its Lomqe educational
reform by putting the marks for religion on par with other subjects and
getting rid of alternative citizenry classes.
Conferencia Episcopal Española took advantage of a government
sympathetic to religion to suggest class prayers should be reinstated,
something which caused outrage.
In Catalonia, former education
minister, Irene Rigau, proposed compensating for “religious illiteracy”
among young people by including the subject, culture and alternative
ethical values to religion into the secondary curriculum for 2015/2016."
[Article by Raül Garcia i Aranzueque - Barcelona, Source: Catalonia Today.]