(1.) If authorized by a resolution
passed by a majority of the school trustees, or,
If a petition be presented to the board of school trustees asking for religious
teaching and signed by the parents or guardians of at least ten children attending
the school in the case of a rural district, or by the parents or guardians of
at least twenty-five children attending the school in a city, town or village.
Such religious teaching to take place between the hours of 3.30 and 4 o'clock
in the afternoon, and to be conducted by any Christian clergyman whose charge
includes any portion of the school district, or by a person duly authorized by
such clergyman, or by a teacher when so authorized.
Where so specified in such resolution of the trustees, or where so required by
the petition of the parents or guardians, religious teaching during the prescribed
period may take place only on certain specified days of the week instead of on
every teaching day.
(5.) In any school
in towns and cities where the average attendance of Roman Catholic children is
forty or upwards and in villages and rural districts where the average attendance
of such children is twenty-five or upwards, the trustees shall, if required by
the petition of the parents or guardians of such number of Roman Catholic children
respectively, employ at least one duly certificated Roman Catholic teacher in
In any school in towns and
cities where the average attendance of non-Roman Catholic children is forty or
upwards, and in villages and rural districts where the average attendance of such
children is twenty-five or upwards, the trustees shall, if required by the petition
of the parents or guardians of such children, employ at least one duly certificated
non-Roman Catholic teacher.
religious teaching is required to be carried on in any school in pursuance of
the foregoing provisions, and there are Roman Catholic children and non-Roman
Catholic children attending such school, and the school-room accommodation does
not permit of the pupils being placed in separate rooms for the purpose of religious
teaching, provisions shall be made by regulations of the Department of Education
(which regulations the Board of school trustees shall observe) whereby the time
allotted for religious teaching shall be divided in such a way that religious
teaching of the Roman Catholic children shall be carried on during the prescribed
period on one-half of the teaching days in each month, and the religious teaching
of the non-Roman Catholic children may be carried on during the prescribed period
on one-half of the teaching days in each month.
The Department of Education shall have the power to make regulations not inconsistent
with the principles of this Act for the carrying into effect, the provisions of
(8.) No separation of the pupils
by religious denominations shall take place during the secular school work.
Where the school-room accommodation at the disposal of the trustees permits, instead
of alloting different days of the week to the different denominations for the
purpose of religious teaching, the pupils may be separated when the hour for religious
teaching arrives, and placed in separate rooms.
Where ten of the pupils in any school speak the French language (or any language
other than English) as their native language, the teaching of such pupils shall
be conducted in French (or such other language), and English upon the bilingual
(11.) No pupils to be permitted
to be present at any religious teaching unless the parents or guardians of such
pupils desire it. In case the parents or guardians do not desire the attendance
of the pupils at such religious teaching, then the pupils shall be dismissed before
the exercises, or shall remain in another room.