- The Senate President has waded into the crisis rocking educational curriculum in Nigeria
- Saraki said the Senate will ensure school curriculum is acceptable and satisfactory to all religions in Nigeria
- He said the Senate Committee on Basic Education would investigate the complaints made by CAN against the new curriculum
The Senate President Bukola Saraki on Wednesday, July 12, called on all stakeholders in the education to remain calm over the review of the new nine-year basic education curriculum.
Saraki said the Nigerian Senate is currently looking into all the various issues involved concerning the allegation raised by the Christian Association of Nigeria on specific subjects in schools' curriculum.
The Senate President while in a meeting with delegates of CAN in his Abuja office said the Eight Assembly will look into all issues involved in the new curriculum.
He also assured that the Senate Committee on Basic Education would investigate the complaints made by CAN against the new curriculum.
Saraki said the Senate will ensure that the new curriculum will be acceptable and satisfactory to all religions in Nigeria.
“As leaders, we must continue to seek and find solutions to problems. You will remember that in 2010, the past administration came up with reforms on how to reduce the number of subjects at the basic education level," Saraki said.
“There were about 20 subjects at that time, and subsequently they were reduced to 12. In the process of implementing that reforms, we have this problem. Why I am saying this, is so we don’t leave here and believe that it was done to favour one religion over the other.
“Now the reform is clearly not working. So our responsibility is to look into that reform and make it work. I am sure that there was no intention to make one group feel disadvantaged with this new school curriculum. This is why this Senate will direct our Committee on education to look at the reform and find out why it is not working with the relevant stakeholders,” he added.
Also speaking, the leader of the CAN delegation Charles Adisa who represented the association's national president urged the Senate to intervene in the matter for the purpose of ensuring genuine respect for the constitution.
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Adisa also called for the “abolition of obnoxious laws that infringe on freedom of worship.”
NAIJ.com earlier reported the management of the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council has debunked rumour that CRK has been removed from schools' curriculum.
NERDC said the council was making great effort to ensure that Christian Religious Knowledge and Islamic Studies Curriculum are studied separately.
The council said the minister of education has received an approval from it to ensure the two courses are studies separately and compulsorily for Christians and Muslims as required.
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