Schools in Greece to stop recording students religion and nationality

Greece's Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs has announced it's agreed to remove all references to school children's religious faith and nationality from school records and certificates.

The ruling made on Tuesday complies by the country's independent privacy authority that responded to a complaint by atheists and rights activists.

The authority said it was illegal for school authorities to list pupils' faith and nationality on end-of-school certificates on an internal Education Ministry portal, and on declarations, non-Greek Orthodox parents must sign to exempt their children from otherwise obligatory religious education classes.

Education Minister Niki Kerameos said authorities are now taking appropriate actions to comply. Greek schools, she said, should be "free and non-exclusionary."

Greece also stopped listing religious faith on state identity cards in 2000, despite strong opposition from the Greek Orthodox Church.