The Federal Government has debunked claims on social media platforms and national dailies, that Christian Religious Knowledge was removed from school curriculum.
It stated 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 and that both religious studies are compulsory for schools.
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, while addressing newsmen stated that, neither the Christian Religious Knowledge nor Islamic Studies was removed from the curriculum and that the last review of the curriculum was approved in 2013 while the implementation commenced in September, 2014.
“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,” he stated.
“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 has been made compulsory for all Christian students and teaching and learning of Islamic studies is compulsory for all Muslim students,” he also added.
“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,” he further stated.