Patriarchate monopoly on state religious education

Georgia's main government official in charge of religious issues denies that the Orthodox Patriarchate has a monopoly on state religious education, but no-one else Keston News Service spoke to on this subject in the Georgian capital Tbilisi, agreed with this view. The Patriarchate is already among the bodies with which the Ministry of Education develops syllabuses for state schools, and the as yet unsigned spring 2001 draft constitutional agreement between the state and the Orthodox Church goes further in giving the Patriarchate sole initiative for such programmes.