Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja
House of Representatives, Wednesday, mandated its committee on Basic Education and Services to interface with the Nigeria Education Research and Development Council (NERDC) and the relevant stakeholders to explain the implementation of the subject, Religion and National Values (RNV).
This is as the House called on the NERDC to liaise with National Orientation agency (NOA) to disseminate information on the RNV.
These resolutions by the House was sequel to motion entitled “Need to Revisit the Revised Basic Education Curriculum (BEC) for Schools, recently launched by National Education Research and Development Council” sponsored by Rita Orji and adopted by the lawmakers.
While moving the motion, she noted that the NERDC recently launched the Basic Education Curriculum (BEC) which is already being implemented by schools across the country adding that BEC comprises of twenty subjects, including computer Studies/IT, Religion and National Values.
“Under the basic Education Scheme developed by the National Education Research and Development Council separate classes should be run for Christian Religious Studies theme and Islamic Studies theme.
“The Child’s Rights Act, 2003 preserves the right of the child not to be exposed to any religion contrary to that of his parents or guardians.
“The curriculum is being implemented on the contrary by some schools, as is the case in Ajeromi/Ifelodun Federal Constituency of Lagos state, where Christian Religious Studies (CRS) and Islamic Studies (IS) under RNV are now merged and Christians are compelled to memorize and recite the Quran”, Orji said.
She also said the imposition of either Christianity or Islam on either side have grave consequences that could impair the stability of the country.
Further interacting with journalists, the lawmaker said, “in a couple of months a lot of issues have arisen, on social media; people are alleging, in one way or the other, that some policies are against religion.
“It is a bit conflicting, the policy might be wonderfully articulated, the interpretation and understanding is still not well… when a child was to do an assignment on the Quran coming from a Christian home, my neighbour’s child, from a Muslim home, was told to recite and write on Christian religion”, Orji said.
The law maker said she didn’t have a problem for the country’s curriculum to go in line with the international standard but if this is not checked it would portend for the country, “great problems” in the future.