The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has commended the Federal Government for reversing what it described as” the controversial, unlawful, and ungodly” merger of the Christian Religious Studies (CRS) and the Islamic Religious Studies (IRS) as a subject by the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC).
The body said the merger of the two subjects had been rejected long before the emergence of this government because it was done without the consent of all stakeholders including CAN and all efforts made to reverse the ungodly policy were fruitless until now.
In a statement issued on Saturday by Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, Special Assistant (Media & Communications), the CAN President, Rev Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, said the reverse of the policy shows that Nigerians have a listening and sensitive government who is ready to reverse itself or any unacceptable policy when the need arises. The body also appreciated the timely intervention of the National Assembly in the saga that quickly doused the tension that was generated by the policy.
The umbrella body of Christian associations therefore: direct the National Education Research Development Commission (NERDC) to organise a seminar on the New Curriculum with a view to addressing all the grey areas in it especially topics that can promote rebellion in our children; Mandate all state governments to recruit adequate teachers for the CRK especially in the North where most of the states have no teachers for the subject and urged the Federal Ministry of Education to review all the textbooks that are currently being used as some of them are encouraging ungodly practices like masturbation.