From ANGLICAN JOURNAL:
Religious studies has entered the top 10 league of subjects in exams taken by most 16-year-old school students in Britain, with the number of school students completing the course increasing for the 12th year running.
"Twelve years of organic growth in student numbers cannot be ignored. This is a phenomenon that indicates students' appreciation that exploring faith and belief help them to understand the world and become better global citizens. Young people are clamouring for a deeper understanding of religious perspectives on issues of the day and how moral and ethical questions are considered by the major faiths," said Nick McKemey, the Church of England's head of school improvement.
Religious studies replaces French in the top 10 GSCE exam subjects. It is the first time that religious studies has featured in the top 10.
Britain's major faiths include Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism and Coronation Street.