Court rules homeschool mom must send children to school

Friday, August 7, 2020

(Beihai, Fujian—Aug. 7, 2020) A court in China’s Fujian province has ruled it illegal for a Christian mother to homeschool her children.

Fan Ruzhen began homeschooling her children several years ago, hoping 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.

The Yinhai District People’s Court first 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 served a verdict to Fan. The document upheld the original ruling and said there is no contradiction between faith and the public education system. It also emphasized that children who follow a religion must be educated in the atheistic system.

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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