Nigerian government says it has revert the decision to merge Christian Religious Knowledge (CRK) and Islamic Religious Knowledge (IRK) under a new subject called Religion and National Value.
THE PRECISION reports that the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu gave this directive on Thursday in Abuja during his meeting with stakeholders from the six geo-political zones and Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The meeting, which was also attended by Commissioners for Education in the 36 states, focused on the strengthening of partnership in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Speaking through Minister of State for Education, Anthony Anwukah, Mr Adamu said the directive to separate the subjects became imperative in view of the various complaints by Nigerians, especially Christian Association of Nigeria.
The minister added that the joining of the subjects was not done by the current administration, as it was an effort by President Goodluck Jonathan government to reduce the number of subjects taken by pupils inschools.
“There is this controversy over the merger of CRK and IRK in the curriculum. There were complaints by parents earlier 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 ourselves the agony, the two subjects should be separated. We push that to NERDC,” Adamu noted.