Beijing: Citing criticism in preaching religion in schools, a school in China has dropped optional Bible learning classes.

Students of a middle school in Chongqing municipality have lost their option to learn Biblical sayings amid a public debate on whether the ‘literature class’ they are in runs counter to education laws, the head of the school was quoted as saying by the state-run daily.

"But some thought the course was preaching religion to our students, who are teenagers and have not made up their own minds about values and the spiritual world," he told the daily.

Deng said the school was told to eliminate the class to avoid exerting an unsolicited religious influence on the students.

The move came in the backdrop of recent crackdown against Home Churches which were mushrooming all over the country.