The Federal Government Thursday succumbed to demands of stakeholders in the religious sector and asked the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) to reinstate the Christian Religious Knowledge (CRK) and Islamic Religious Knowledge (IRK) as separate subjects in education curriculum.
Speaking at a meeting with state commissioners of education in Abuja, Thursday, Adamu Adamu, Minister of Education, said the government had taken the earlier decision based on compliants from parents that their children were being overloaded with too many subjects.
He said; “There were complaints by parents 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 us the agony, the two subjects should be separated. We push that to the NERDC.”
Anthony Anwukah, Minister of State for education, who said the government had to revise the decision because of the controversy it had triggered, represented Adamu at the meeting.
The Christina Association of Nigeria, CAN, and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, had been vocal in their rejection of the revision while its Muslim counterpart, the Nigerian National Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, through its head, the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar 111 had denied allegations that it had sponsored the revision to undermine the study of Christian religion in schools.
Adamu disclosed that the education sector is so important to be left alone in the hands of only the government and restated government’s commitment towards achieving inclusive and quality education in line with the sustainable development goal by 2030.
He said: “We recognize that the task of revamping the education sector is challenging, the ministry of education cannot do it alone. Our task is to coordinate national efforts to meet our national goals and objectives.
“It is our belief that with good planning, appropriate investment of resources, transparency, due process, effective collaboration and coordination of inputs and activities of government and that of all stakeholders, we will realize our vision of providing quality education to build and sustain adequate human capital for national development.”