A US based Hindu religious leader has stressed that statutory school assemblies in United Kingdom (UK) maintained schools should be replaced by multi-faith prayer sessions or spiritual reflection.
Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a
statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that in view of increasing
diversity of present day UK, the Collective Worship part of 1944
Education Act needed to be seriously relooked into.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of
Hinduism, pointed out that collective worship in one faith tradition
was inappropriate now as all the students in UK schools no longer
belonged to a single religion.
Moreover, provision should be made for non-believer
students also so that they felt included without being forced into
some kind of worship they did not approve.
Compulsory collective worship in a religion, to
which one did not belong, could be suffocating. Religion should be
voluntary and should not be forced en masse, Rajan Zed added.