Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Return CRK as Independent Subject for the Students - Reps Tells FG

Members of the House of Representatives have ordered the Federal Government to change its policy which subsumed Christian Religious Knowledge, CRK in Civic Education.
House of Representatives
Members of the House of Representatives at plenary on Tuesday voted against the government policy which included Christian Religious Knowledge, CRK in Civic Education as a compulsory subject in the Secondary School curriculum. The House instead, ordered the Federal Government to revert to its former status and make the subject optional.
This followed a motion titled “Call to make Civic Education an optional instead of a compulsory subject for Senior Certificate Examination”, filed by Hon. Beni Lar from Plateau State.
After an exhaustive debate on the matter, the lawmakers agreed that the policy was incompatible with the spirit and letters of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) on the provision of religious liberties.




The members thus agreed that students with the inputs of their parents at formative years should be taught the religious subjects of their choice in school instead of being forced by virtue of making the subject compulsory to study the subject in school.
Essentially, the House while pointing out that the policy makers erred ab initio also agreed Islamic Studies and CRK should be taught independently and separately in the spirit of the constitution.
It will be recalled that the issue recently became a subject of controversy whereupon tempers flared.

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