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Reps insists civic education must be separated from religion

The House of Representatives has waded into the controversial introduction of National Values and Civic Education in school curriculum, which requires children to be taught Islamic Religious Knowledge and Christian Religious Knowledge as compulsory subjects, irrespective of their religious beliefs.

The lawmakers opposed the policy on the grounds that it would not only confuse children, but also deny them and their parents the right to a religion of their choice.

They said much as civic education or national values could be taught in schools, they should be clearly separated from religion.

The House, which was presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Mr. Yusuff Lasun, took the decision after exhaustively debating a motion moved by Beni Lar.

Mr. Lar, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Science and Technology, specifically mentioned that the policy was in breach of relevant section of the 1999 Constitution, as amended which makes Nigeria a secular state and therefore, religion should be separated from national values.

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