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Minister Orders NERDC To Separate CRK, IRK In Curriculum: |The Republican News

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Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu

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The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, has instructed the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council to make the Christian Religious Knowledge and the Islamic Religious Knowledge distinctive subjects in the basic education curriculum.

The minister gave this directive on Thursday in Abuja, during his meeting with stakeholders from the six geopolitical zones and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Related: We Asked Federal Gov’t To Make CRK, IRK Compulsory, Says Sultan Of Sokoto

The two subjects had hitherto been joined with Civil Education under Religion and National Values in the current schools’ curriculum, a development that generated controversy in the last few months.

The meeting, which was also attended by the commissioners for education in the 36 states, focused on the strengthening of partnership in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Speaking through the Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwukah, Adamu said the directive to separate the subjects became imperative in view of the various complaints by Nigerians, especially the Christian Association of Nigeria.

The minister added that the joining of the subjects was not done by the current administration, as it was an effort by the then President Goodluck Jonathan government to reduce the number of subjects taken by pupils in schools.

Adamu said, “There is this controversy over the merger of CRK and IRK in the curriculum. There were complaints by parents earlier that children were overloaded with so many subjects and the recommendation then was to merge one or two subjects. Unfortunately, water and oil were merged together and it is not working.

“So, to save ourselves the agony, the two subjects should be separated. We push that to the NERDC.”

Adamu, in his keynote address, reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to revamping the education sector, while appealing to the state governments, as well as relevant stakeholders, to support the Federal Government’s effort. (Punchng.com)

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We Asked Federal Gov’t To Make CRK, IRK Compulsory, Says Sultan Of Sokoto

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                    Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III

The Sultan of Sokoto, Dr Muhammad Abubakar, on Friday, rejected suggestions that there were plans to Islamise the country. He said Muslims had been canvassing to make Islamic Religious Knowledge a compulsory subject in schools.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Abubakar spoke at a national symposium and launching of 2025 Vision by Da’awah Coordination Council of Nigeria.

The Sultan said, “When Umar Yar’Adua was President, Christians and Muslims leaders wrote, asking him to make Islamic and Christian Religious Knowledge core and compulsory subjects in schools.

“When Goodluck Jonathan took over, we presented a paper making the same demand, which was approved, but the then minister of education refused to implement it for reasons best known to him.

“So, I wonder why a controversy suddenly surfaced over alleged attempts by Muslims to force Islam on Christians by compelling students to learn Islamic religion in schools,” he said.

He urged the DCCN to propagate Islam to non-Muslims in a non-combative manner.

“Tell people what Islam is; tell them why they should be Muslims and what difference it could make to their lives,” he stated.

The Sultan also said the recent crisis in Mambilla Plateau, Taraba State was not targeted at any tribe.

“The crisis was not planned by individuals or groups to eliminate any tribe; as an ex-military officer, I can only believe that the crisis was planned when I see a document to confirm that,” he said.

He said he had met with some leaders in Taraba and cautioned them against playing politics with the lives of the people.

“As leaders, we must study situations during any crisis before commenting. We must avoid comments that will worsen already bad situations,” he said.

He urged the government to strive to bring culprits of the Mambilla violence to book, and warned against derogatory terms like “Islamic fundamentalists or extremists, Fulani attackers, Berom or Mambilla terrorists.” (Punchng.com)

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CRK Compulsory For Christian Students, Islamic Studies Compulsory For Muslim Students – FG

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Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo

…Declares fallen standard in education serious

…Holds retreat in two weeks

From: Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

The Federal Government has explained that contrary to claims peddled on social media platforms and national dailies, Christian Religious Knowledge is compulsory for all Christians students and Islamic Studies compulsory for their Muslim counterparts.

It described as false and unfounded the claims specifically as regards the Religion and National Values Curriculum, explaining that the Basic Education Curriculum which includes the Christian Religious Knowledge and Islamic Studies Curricula was approved in 2013 by the

National Council on Education which is the apex policy making body in education in Nigeria, made up of all the 36 States Commissioners of Education and the FCT under the Chairmanship of the Minister of Education.

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu who addressed State House Correspondents at the post-FEC briefing presided over by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, who accused those who want to destabilise the country as being behind the claims, explained that the last review of the curriculum was approved in 2013 and implementation commenced in September 2014.

He said both instances, neither the Christian Religious Knowledge nor Islamic Studies was removed from the curriculum.

“I will like to also address one issue which I will also throw back at you. You journalists especially those of you on social media are not helping this nation by bandying things that are absolutely false.

“The issue of Christian Religious Knowledge that all the national media, social media took up and deceived even the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria because they believed it. I read in the papers that they asked the acting president to confirm if the report is true. There is no truth in it at all. It was just somebody’s imagination probably somebody who wishes to raise tension in the country after the Biafra issue and then the quit order given by some young people in the north, so the person just followed suit trying to stoic the embers of religion. There is no truth whatsoever I repeat.

“Certainly there was a policy in 2012 which was given effect in 2014 that is even before this government came in. One of the things I did as minister was to speak to the national council on education to disarticulate history from the social studies curricula because we believe we want our young people to know our history. You cannot know who you are without knowing who your ancestors were in the past. And the national council of education did accept and agree that the teaching and learning of CRK have been made compulsory for all Christians students and teaching and learning of Islamic Studies are compulsory for all Muslim students.

“So you are actually accusing the ministry of the opposite of what it has done. I think I just need to tell you even if you are not the ones in the social media, they must be your compatriots, please tell them to be more responsible in handling the issues especially at this time in history.”

Adamu said the Federal Executive Council discussed only a single item on the agenda, the road map on education sector and developments.

According to him, Council members agreed unanimously that education has fallen and there is a need for a ministerial retreat to urgently address the issues militating against the sector.

Adamu said council members rejected the blueprint presented by the ministry, saying the problems in the sector was being blueprinted.

He said, “Today at council we discussed many issues but the most important were education. Members agree that the fallen standard in education is so serious that we will need a ministerial retreat to look at all the issues. There are a lot of issues in education and all of them are crying for solution. So there will be a ministerial retreat in the next two weeks to look at the issues and from there we will take off in what we are doing.

“Initially we had prepared a blueprint but FEC felt the issues is beyond that because there is crisis in all the areas of education, in out of school children, in technical education and training, in ICT, in all the areas you can think of. So ministers are going to start talking to themselves and come out with solutions.”  (The Sun)

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