Religious studies still part of basic school curriculum-NERDC

Temitope Mustapha, Abuja

The Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) say Christian religious knowledge (CRK) and Islamic religious knowledge (IRK) are still being taught in schools as separate subjects with teacher’s guide.

The NERDC made this known in a statement issued in response to the allegation that CRK and IRK had been removed from basic Education curriculum.

The council also said that there is no subject in the Nigerian curriculum called Islamic Arabic studies or anywhere in the world as being speculated.

It added that French is a compulsory subject from primary 4 as dictated by the national policy on education section 2 sub-sections 23.7

The council stated that efforts are on to print the Christian religious knowledge and Islamic studies curriculum separately in order to maintain their characteristics and distinctiveness.

He emphasised that CRK is not a theme in civic education. Civic education is a distinct subject on its own which teaches the rudiments of good citizenship.

NERDC stressed that teachers had been trained in the six geopolitical zones to be able to teach these subjects.

“in this curriculum, no child should be coerced or compelled to learn or be taught in school any religious studies subject but only one  (out of the two) that restrictively relates to the belief system professed by the child and his/her parents” the statement read in part.

NERDC said that “the management of NERDC hereby reiterates categorically and unequivocally to all Nigerians that the subject offerings (civic education, social studies, Christian religious knowledge, Islamic studies and security education) under the religion and national values curriculum are distinct as listed and taught separately on the time table”.

Meanwhile, investigation by Voice of Nigeria education Correspondent revealed that both Christian Religious Knowledge, C.R.K and Islamic Religious Knowledge, I.R.K studies for basic education are both embedded in creative Art studies.