The Christian Association of Nigeria has demanded an audience with the National Assembly leadership concerning the new education curriculum.
The General Secretary of CAN, Dr Musa Asake, said this in a letter he sent to the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, titled, ‘Request for an audience with the national leadership of CAN on the new national education curriculum’, obtained by our correspondent on Wednesday.
He said, “I write on behalf of the national leadership of CAN and all her subsidiaries to request audience with you as the Senate President, the Federal Republic of Nigeria at your earliest convenient
“This is to enable CAN leadership to formally bring to your notice and, by extension, the National Assembly the observations, worries and fears as well as the position of Nigeria Christians on the content of the current nine-year Basic Education Curriculum as it concerns CRS as published by the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council.
“This curriculum, in all its ramifications, as it concerns CRS, is obnoxious, offensive and provocative. For instance, the curriculum joined together five distinctive subjects – CRS, Islamic Religious Studies, Social Studies, Civic Education and Security Education into one omnibus subject called Religion and National Values.”
Asake alleged that details and depth which were basic necessities in learning were sacrificed on the altar of exigency.
He said, “But more worrisome to us is the observed contents of the curriculum and its approved textbooks that impudently denigrate the personality of the founder of the Christian faith. For example, the foundational truth of the Christian faith such as the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is denied and the denial is meant to be inculcated in innocent minors.
“As if this obvious damage is not enough, the subject is made compulsory whereby a student must do either of the two religious subjects as component parts of the whole subject if he or she must pass the subject in the national examination. We note that this compulsion is happening in a situation where state ministries of education are not hiring teachers of a particular religion they are not favourably disposed to.
“The result is that the students are being forced to do the available, contrary to their faith. There are already reported cases of torture of students who refused to do the available that is contrary to their faith.”
According to him, several letters over the obvious lapses to the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council had been ignored.