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CRK/IRK Controversy: Policy was Formulated & Implemented by Jonathan’s Administration – Education Minister

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CRK/IRK Controversy: Policy was Formulated & Implemented by Jonathan's Administration - Education Minister

The minister of education Adamu Adamu has said that the Goodluck Jonathan administration formulated and implemented the policy that combined CRK, IRK and Civic Education into “Religion and National Values”, stating that the Muhammadu Buhari administration actually cancelled it.

Controversy had trailed the policy as some quarters had alleged that the current administration is seeking to Islamize the school curriculum and the minister made the clarification on Tuesday.

The policy has also been cancelled and the NERDC has been directed to revert to the old curriculum.

Adamu said that at the time the combined CRK/IRK Policy was implemented, President, Minister of Education, and Permanent Secretary and Director Basic Education in the Ministry of Education were all Christians.

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8 Comments

  1. Brizola

    August 3, 2017 at 6:50 am

    I think religious study should be scrapped in its entirety. We should concentrate on subjects of the future like IT and entrepreneurship. It will help prepare our little ones for the world . How has being a religious country helped us? Religion should be taught in places of worship not schools, we need to be realistic. The kind of uproar this policy generated was amusing, we have more important policies to implement and bills to sign into law. Ignorant society.

    • Nne

      August 3, 2017 at 8:50 am

      to be honest as much as I see where you are coming from i have to disagree that religion has not helped us.

      I actually feel that its because of how religious we are that has kept this country a bit sane in the midst of the rot. Things would have probably been so much worse than this. We lack in education and human sympathy, so until we get to that point then we can talk about scrapping religion

    • chrisyinks

      August 3, 2017 at 11:08 am

      I echo your sentiments Nne…….it is cause of religion that Nigeria isn’t any worse. Also, religion oriented classes and IT/entrepreneurship classes aren’t mutually exclusive events. Many of the successful nations have roots in one form of religion, or spiritual belief. These religions often served as the infrastructure on which science and technology built upon as a superstructure.

    • seriously

      August 3, 2017 at 12:02 pm

      Application is all that matters. It is what you do with your knowledge and enlightment. Studying IT/Entrepreneurship is useless if not applied properly. The west and many Asian countries practice and apply their knowledge. Nigeria emphasize on medicine, law and engineering yet the healthcare system is strugggling hence Buhari and many Nigerians with money go to another country to receive treatment because they don’t trust their own system due to lack of advancement, resources etc Is it law? where it only applies to the poor. Engineering? There’s not much improvement in infrastructure. And with entrepreneurship innovation, invention and creativity needs to be encouraged. Resources need to be provided. All these comes should come with job opportunities.

      Religion is not the problem, it’s how individual and a group choose to practice it. Many Middle eastern countries teach their religion in schools, Asian countries teach buddihism, other religion in their schools yet it doesn’t interfere with their development as a country.
      What about common sense 101, consideration of others 101, say no to corruption 101 needs to be taught in Nigerian schools,

    • Wale Vintage

      August 3, 2017 at 2:37 pm

      I agree with both @brizola and @Nne. I think religion to some extent is what has given what is left of Nigeria some decency. But really really, the focus should be on civil studies, social studies history and of course the sciences. Religion should be an elective subject at higher classes but children should be made to understand their civic responsibilities and the duty civil servants owe to them at a very young age. We should begin to instill this in them together with the knowledge of their history even from their formative stages.

  2. nene

    August 3, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Dont be afraid to direct your grouse to those who have distablised the world.

  3. seriously

    August 3, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Application is all that matters. It is what you do with your knowledge and enlightment. Studying IT/Entrepreneurship is useless if not applied properly. The west and many Asian countries practice and apply their knowledge. Nigeria emphasize on medicine, law and engineering yet the healthcare system is strugggling hence Buhari and many Nigerians with money go to another country to receive treatment because they don’t trust their own system due to lack of advancement, resources etc Is it law? where it only applies to the poor. Engineering? There’s not much improvement in infrastructure. And with entrepreneurship innovation, invention and creativity needs to be encouraged. Resources need to be provided. All these comes should come with job opportunities.

    Religion is not the problem, it’s how individual and a group choose to practice it. Many Middle eastern countries teach their religion in schools, Asian countries teach buddihism, other religion in their schools yet it doesn’t interfere with their development as a country.
    What about common sense 101, consideration of others 101, say no to corruption 101 needs to be taught in Nigerian schools,

  4. Sussy

    August 3, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Wait o, Adamu Adamu is still a Minister since i was in primary/early secondary school??? Or it is a different person with the same name

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