A court in China’s Guangxi Autonomous Region has ruled it illegal for a Christian mother to homeschool her children. Voice of the Martyrs Korea Representative Dr. Hyun Sook Foley reports that the ruling emphasized that children who follow a religion must be educated in the atheistic school system.
According to Representative Foley, Fan Ruzhen began homeschooling her children several years ago to provide them with a Christian education. “On Sept. 30, 2019, authorities filed a lawsuit against her, arguing she must send her children to public school for an atheistic education,” says Representative Foley.
Chinese homeschool mom Fan Ruzhen in court
The Yinhai District People’s Court ruled in favor of the officials on April 3 and ordered Fan to send her children to public school. Fan fought the ruling, bringing it to the Behai Intermediate People’s Court.
On July 22, the Beihai Intermediate People’s Court upheld the original ruling. “The court said there is no contradiction between faith and the public education system,” Foley says. Representative Foley added, “In China, it is illegal for parents or teachers to teach religion to children under the age of 18. Instead, children must attend atheistic, pro-Communist Party schools.”
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