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Abuja — The federal government has said contrary to reports making rounds in the media, Christian Religious Knowledge (CRK) was never scrapped from the secondary school curriculum.
It said Christian and Islamic religious studies are still retained in the new secondary school curriculum but as a subset of Religion and National Values (RNV).
The Director of Press, Federal Ministry of Education, Mrs. Chinenye Ihuoma, in response to THISDAY enquiries yesterday, said: “The subjects under RNV curriculum are grouped only as subjects that are aimed at inculcating moral, ethical, social and national values in learners.”
Ihuoma while recognising that there were changes in the characteristics of the revised nine-year Basic Education Curriculum (BEC), said the sub-themes are still recognised as CRS and Islamic Religious Studies (IRS).
Even though she did not particularly debunk the concerns raised by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) that while IRS was elevated as a stand alone subject to be offered together with Arabic language as alternative to French Language while CRS was downgraded as a sub-topic under RNV.