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On the alleged removal of CRK from Nigeria’s education curriculum

There has been lots of controversies these days on the alleged removal of Christian Religious Knowledge, CRK, from Nigeria’s school curriculum by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Even the president of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Suleiman and other religious leaders have made the same allegation now going viral on the social media.

But what are the facts?

The Revised Basic Education Curriculum, BEC, comprises of ten (10) subjects namely:

  1. English Studies 
  2. Mathematics
  3. Basic Science and Technology
  4. Religion and National Values
  5. Cultural and Creative Arts
  6. Business Studies
  7. Nigerian Languages 
  8. Pre-vocational Studies 
  9. French
  10. Arabic

From the above the alleged removal of CRK from school curriculum is not entirely correct. It has only been Combined with 3 other subjects: Civil Education, Social Studies, SOS and Security Education to form a new subject known as Religion and National Values in primary schools but CRK as a study remains in Secondary schools.

PHOTO: Buhari being inaugurated as president in May 29, 2015.

PHOTO: Buhari being inaugurated as president in May 29, 2015.

Please note: This new curriculum was introduced under former Preisdent Goodluck Jonathan when Nyesom. Wike was minister of Education. You cannot therefore blame Presidant Muhamamdu Buhari.

Of course, you may argue that Arabic studies is normally learnt with a religious undertone, or that it should have been merged with French as foreign languages.

Please note however, that Islamic studies may have been included in religious and national values.

I personally would prefer learning Mandarin Chinese rather than Arabic.

Be that as it may, you cannot accuse a man who became president in 2015 of being responsible for what was designed and implemented in 2012. 

If only these ”men of God” can stay out of politics and face their religious calling, much of the tension that they create with their utterances will be minimized, if not avoided.

However if they must speak, it behooves on them to do their research well before opening their mouth

Nobody can Islamize Nigeria!          

Ogbuefi Ndigbo         

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