The Federal Ministry of Education has denied
reports that Christian Religious Knowledge, CRK, has been removed as a subject of study from the curriculum of public secondary schools in Nigeria while Islamic Religious Studies, IRS, has been reintroduced.
Director of Press, Federal Ministry of Education, Mrs. Chinenye Ihuoma, who denied the report, said the Ministry had only designed a new subject which merged Civic Education, IRS, CRK and Social Studies into "Religion and National Values."
"The alternation is not from the minister, this
is purely from the National Council on
Education. It is just as the council has said
that History should be a subject of its own at
the basic level in the first nine years. Now, a
new subject has been introduced, called
Religion and National Values.
It is a fusion of religion and civics. I have not
seen the details but in a case where you have
subject combinations in the same period,
everyone will attend lectures that correspond
with their own religion. Arabic and Islamic
Studies are not standing alone.
Islamic Religious Study and Christian Religious
Study as well as national values will be taught
under a new subject."she said