Nigerian govt says IRS, CRK, compulsory for students

Nigerian govt says IRS, CRK, compulsory for students
June 21 20:39 2017

The federal government said on Wednesday that the Islamic Religious Studies (IRS) and the Christian Religious Knowledge (CRK) are compulsory for Muslim and Christians students respectively.

Addressing State House correspondents at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council (NEC), Minister of Education, Mr. Adamu Adamu, said claims on social media and some national dailies that the two religious studies were removed from the education curriculum were false.

He said the Basic Education Curriculum which includes the Christian Religious Knowledge and Islamic Religious Studies Curricula was approved in 2013 by the

National Council on Education, the apex policy-making body on education in the country.

He said: “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 Christain Religious Rnowledge 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 becaused 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 has been made compulsory for all christians students and teaching and learning of Islamic studies is 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.”

The minister told journalists that the Federal Executive Council discussed only a single item on the agenda, the road map on education sector, stressing that council members were unanimous that the standard of education in the country has fallen.

He said the council rejected a blueprint presented by the ministry because the problems in the sector were beyond blueprint, hence the need for a ministerial retreat to urgently address the issues militating against the sector.

“Today at council we discussed many issues but the most important was 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 are 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,” he said.