Education Minister Don Morgan responded on Friday to a controversial decision made by a Yorkton Court of Queen’s Bench judge.
Come July 2018, non-Catholic students will no longer be funded to attend Catholic schools in Saskatchewan.
Morgan said if the decision stands, that would mean students would have to provide an official document stating their Catholic background.
“If the decision is applied a student would have to have a baptismal certificate from the Catholic Church if they’re going to stay in the Catholic school system, or be funded in the Catholic school system,” Morgan said in Saskatoon on Friday.
Morgan added they want to be able to support students in the province no matter what school system they are in.
“The decision if applied and followed in it’s present form will require thousands of students in our province to move from separate schools to the public school system. So we’ve asked our officials to review and determine what the logistics of that might look like if we have to go down that road,’ Morgan said.
Thursday afternoon, Justice Donald Layh says under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, provincial government funding of non-minority faith students attending separate schools is a violation of equality rights.
This decision comes after a lawsuit between the Good Spirit School Division (GSSD) and the Christ the Teacher Catholic Separate School Division (CTTS).
That case challenged the 2003 creation of a separate school division in Theodore, northwest of Yorkton.