The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, has instructed the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council to make the Christian Religious Knowledge and the Islamic Religious Knowledge distinctive subjects in the basic education curriculum.
The minister gave this directive in Abuja, during his meeting with stakeholders from the six geo-political zones and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The two subjects had hitherto been joined with Civil Education under Religion and National Values in the current schools’ curriculum, a development that generated controversy in the last few months.
The meeting, which was also attended by the commissioners for education in the thirty-six states, focused on the strengthening of partnership in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Speaking through the Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwukah, the Minister of Education said the directive to separate the subjects became imperative in view of the various complaints by Nigerians, especially the Christian Association of Nigeria.
The minister added that the joining of the subjects was not done by the current administration, as it was an effort by the then President Goodluck Jonathan government to reduce the number of subjects taken by pupils in schools.