Government denies removing CRK from school curriculum

Cyril Okonkwo, Abuja

The Nigerian government has denied reports in some media organisations that Christian Religious Knowledge, CRK, has been removed from the secondary school curriculum in Nigeria.

There were reports in the media last week alleging that CRK had been removed by the Ministry of Education from the school curriculum.

But Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, who briefed State House Correspondents on the outcome of Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council meeting, presided over by Professor Osinbajo, at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, said there was no truth in the report.

“There is no truth in it at all,” Adamu said, pointing out that it was the work of “somebody who wishes to raise the tension in the country.” 

The minister said there was a policy to that effect in 2012, which he changed immediately he came into office.

“Certainly, there was a policy in 2012 which was given effect in 2014 that was even before this government came in. 

“And one of the first things I did on coming to office as minister was to speak to the national council on education to disarticulate from the social studies curricular. 

“We believe that we need young people to know our history because you cannot know who you are without knowing who your ancestors are. 

“And the next thing I did was to ask the National Council on Education to accept and they did and accept and agree that teaching of CRK has been made compulsory on all Christian students and the teaching and learning of IRK has been made compulsory for all Muslim students.”

He said the allegation in the media was the direct opposite of what the Ministry of Education did and called on the media to be more responsible to the society in which they operate.

Education blueprint

Adamu said the Ministry of Education was developing a blueprint that would incorporate more of technical and vocational education and training in the school curriculum.

He said the idea was to provide the linkage between academia and industry, so that students get practical experience during their education.

According to him, the blueprint was necessitated by the standard and situation of education, but the federal executive council felt that the issues in education should be deliberated up before the blueprint.

“Initially, we had prepared a blueprint, but FEC thought the issue was beyond that because there are crises in all the areas of education, in out of school children, in technical, vocational education and training, in ICT, in all areas you can think off,” Adamu said, adding that “ministers are going to start talking among themselves to come out with solutions.”

Ministerial retreat

Adamu said that there would be a ministerial retreat in the next two weeks to discuss issues concerning the standard of education in Nigeria.

 “There are so many issues in education and all of them are crying for solutions,” he said, explaining that the ministerial retreat would consider all the issues.

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