[Abuja]–The Christian Association Nigeria (CAN) has dared the Federal Ministry of Education and the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) to publish the full details of the controversial new curriculum of Education if they have no hidden agenda as it insists that the minister is not saying the whole truth.
The group said it may be tempted to take further action “if our call is taken for granted and nothing is done quickly about this curriculum.
The Christian body has also demanded that; the implementation of the curriculum must be suspended till a workshop is organized where all the stakeholders must be well represented; the Presidency should direct the Federal Ministry of Education to publish the full details of the curriculum on its website to enable everyone know what it contains; there was nothing wrong with the old curriculum on Christian Religious Studies and Islamic Religious Studies. What people are yearning for is a return to Civic Education and History for obvious reasons as distinct subjects;that the heads of the parastatals and agencies in the Federal Ministry of Education should be overhauled with a view to balancing the religious dichotomy. A situation where 13 of their heads are Muslims while the remaining four are Christians is an ill-wind that would blow no one any good; we urge the Presidency to call for a meeting of all stakeholders to look at this curriculum line by line and for all of us to own it together before implementation.
This was contained in a statement signed by Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, the Special Assistant (Media & Communications) to the CAN President, Rev Dr Samson Olasupo A. Ayokunle, the umbrella body of all Christians in the country said it foresaw danger ahead “if the curriculum that merged Christian Religious Knowledge and Islamic Religious Knowledge with the Civic Education is made to stay.”
According to a Daily Trust report, Rev. Ayokunle said: “…In this curriculum, Islamic and Christian Religious Studies will no longer be studied in schools as subjects on their own but as themes in a civic education. This undermines the sound moral values that these two subjects had imparted in the past to our children which had made us to religiously and ethnically co-exist without any tension.
“…Islamic Religious Knowledge was equally made available as a subject in another section without any corresponding availability of Christian Religious Knowledge. Is this not a divisive curriculum that can set the nation on fire? Is this fair to millions of Christians in this nation?”
“In Kwara State, for example, the discriminatory curriculum has begun and Christian students who refused to register for it already had their bodies lacerated with cane! We have the names of the victims and their schools with us, including the text message from the parents of such students who were beaten.
“Not only that, in the forth coming Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) 2017 TIME TABLE, which runs from Tuesday, 4th July, 2017 to Thursday, 13th July in Kwara State, there is no CRK as subject to be sat for. Any reason for this? Instead, on the 13th July, 2017, it has the following; KW/BECE/ 203 Arabic CAIS, KW/BECE/204 IRK JIS; KW/BECE/407 ARABIC JIS and KW/BECE/205 Islamic History as seen on www.kwaraeducation.com.
“A Christian student in a secondary school in Kwara State had his body lacerated with cane by the Arabic Teacher because the pupil refused to do Islamic Religious Knowledge (IRK) when French Teacher was not available and Christian Religious Knowledge (CRK), Hebrew or Greek were not part of the options at all.”
The CAN President also said reactions from the ministry’s Director of Press, Mrs. Chinenye Ihuoma, as well as that of the Executive Secretary of NERDC, Professor Ismail Junaidu, debunking the removal of CRK from the nation’s school curriculum were nothing but blatant attempts to cover up the discrimination against Christian students.
He added that the perceived dangers packaged in the new curriculum has brought the document to the fore since the leadership of CAN raised the issue in a meeting with the Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo and asked the government to ensure there is no discrimination against any student because of religious beliefs in our public schools.
CAN described the curriculum as “a time-bomb, obnoxious, divisive and ungodly” adding that its implementation must be stopped until all the grey areas are addressed.
“If we are going to do pilgrimage together as a nation, there must be fair play, mutual respect for one another and justice which can be brought about by different arms of government. We demand for justice from the government on this matter very quickly. We request for a return to the curriculum we were using before this dangerous one which did not produce insurgents or wrongly indoctrinated Nigerians,” it stated.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg