The constitution and other laws and policies generally protect religious freedom.
The constitution protects freedom of conscience, including freedom of thought and of religion, the freedom to change religion or belief, and the freedom to manifest and propagate one’s religion.
The government has no established requirements for recognition of religious groups. By law any group may register with the government, regardless of its purpose. The requirements for registration are a constitution and a leadership committee. Most religious groups register, but there is no penalty for not registering.
The education ministry pays and certifies all teachers, and requires a standard curriculum for both secular and religious schools. Churches own and operate about 80 percent of all primary and secondary schools. The Roman Catholic Church, the Lesotho Evangelical Church, the Anglican Church, and to a lesser extent the Methodist Church are the primary operators of religious schools. Since the introduction of free primary education in 2000, the education ministry has built new non-denominational schools, reducing the proportion of religiously affiliated public schools.