THE Federal Government has ordered the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) to make the Christian Religious Knowledge and Islamic Religious Knowledge distinctive subjects in the basic education curriculum.
The two subjects, which were subsumed under the Civil Education in the current curriculum by the Council has been a subject controversy in the last few months.
Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, gave the directive for the separation of the subjects on Thursday in Abuja, at the meeting of Ministers of Education with education stakeholders from six geo-political zones and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The meeting attended by the Commissioners for Education from various States of the Federation was part of the ongoing efforts to strengthen the partnership within the three tiers of government in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals 4 (SDG4).
Adamu, who spoke through the Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwukah, said the directive to separate the subjects becomes imperative in view of the various complaints by Nigerians, especially the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), that has been vociferous about the issue
He noted that the collapse of the subjects was not done by the current administration as it was an effort by the last administration of President Goodluck Jonathan to reduce the number of subjects offered by pupils and students in schools.
Adamu, in his keynote address at the occasion, reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to revamping the education sector and appealed to the State Governments as well as relevant stakeholders to support the Federal Government effort.