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Education Minister Removes C.R.K, IRS from National Curriculum!

From henceforth, the CRS and IRS you used to know in Nigerian secondary schools curriculum will now be regarded as Religion and National Values (RNV). Details below.

Latest news from the Federal Ministry of Education in Abuja has ordered an immediate removal of Christian Religious Knowledge/Studies (C.R.K/C.R.S) and the Islamic Religious Knowledge (I.R.K) from the Nigerian Primary and Secondary School Curriculum.

In their argument, the Minister believes the changes will help cut down the number of subjects offered in our schools from 20 to a maximum of ten subjects under the nine-year basic educational curriculum in order to align with International standards.

The Ministry amended the scheme by letting subjects like Christian Religious Studies (CRS) and Islamic Religious Studies (IRS), which are separately taught, to be merged under a compulsory subject known as Religion and National Values (RNV). Other subjects brought under the RNV include Civic Education, Social Studies, and Security Education.

Meanwhile several reactions trail the removal and merging of the subjects from Nigerians who think the move is unnecessary, needless and uncalled for. What’s your take on this? #comment!

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62 comments

  1. Our major problem as a country is our misguided Leaders. Both political and religious! Not excluding our elite class. They have failed.

  2. The best to have happened to our Nigerian educational system has
    happened.Religious Education has not helped this country.We are into better years ahead.Ethnic studies may also be necessary

    • Remove English, French, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology from the curriculum for the northern states. IT IS HARAM

  3. I think most persons are writing out of context here, read again and understand. The subjects will be merged, that doesn’t mean the context of both religious subjects would be eradicated. Both will rather come under a broad subject that will not only teach religious values but also national this makes sense. But the only modification I think should not be toiled with is the religious content because both defers.

  4. Merging C.R.S and I.R.S as one subject is like merging Lagos and Sokoto as one state. Two different world apart and the same way that could lead to the confusion of indigenes, that’s how this act would lead to the confusion of our dear children who will inevitably grow up into a confused nation.
    This is a Foolish act by someone who is foolish.

  5. Charity begins at home as they says, why misqouting or misunderstood, is not totally remove, to my support i preferred them to remove it completely, how many hours are we using in school, how many hours do u use at home, if we’re truelly religious we should then devote all our remaining time after to God, either be in church or mosque, why do we always invite troubles for ourselves, combining d course will not work, Muslim may not be willingly to study bible while christian may also not, why combining d course.

  6. Julita chukwudi

    I’m shocked to my bone marrow to hear an education minister taking off religious studies from the curriculum, it’s complete madness. If there are too many subjects in the curriculum, why not sort out some duplicated subjects with different names, rather than going out rightly to remove the subject that mould the children and plant the fear of God in them for a better society. No other subject can replace the purpose and function of CRK $ (IRS) that is if it is equivalent to CRK, and as such I personally appeal to all educationalists in the nation to tell Mr minister this decision is uncalled for. CRK personally moulded me to be a child any teacher, parents, neighbours, friends and the society as whole could be proud off, this can also be applicable to other children. So why putting such a subject away.

  7. aysha humaira dauda

    Wit due regards sir, I know u have a thousand reason and you have think many times about this removal of I.R.S and C.R.S. From my point of view I think the I.R.S and C.R.S is the best. Bcos there alots of student dat impact more knowledge of there religion in the skul. Bcos some they hv never attained islamiya o hv stop going Bcos of some reasons. And above all it’s being translated in English and student English will improved n it’ll bcom more easier when you ar reading it with ur mother tongue and also it become more clearer.

  8. Ahaoma Ben Ozoemela

    They re trying to make Nigeria Islamic country but chikwu okike abiama (God)will never let it happened. is Nigeria still the richest country in Africa? laughing…..

  9. This is totally out of it, how is it possible to merge two different religious as one in a primary and secondary school? That means you want us to end up without having these two religious in our country again. We don’t want this, and you have to revoke it. This is Nigeria that consists of different religions, and different ideas. Those in authority should try and say something about this, we don’t want.

  10. Let the minister remember to include Ifa/Orisa religion. I mean African Traditional Religion. That is my own Religion and we have been marginalized and not given recognition by Nigerian government. Human rights activists in Nigeria are always dumb when it comes to issue of religion especially when it affects traditional religion.

  11. The government should make sure they include African Traditional Religion. This is when we can say there is true egalitarian country without religious discrimination, oppression and inequality

  12. Liman Mustapha S

    Ideally is not good for the two subject to be remove neither to be march together but let govt looks in to the odas once and march them.

  13. Abubakar Bashir

    This is not possible. because must of our students are learned Religious at at primary and secondary level.
    how its possible and were do we learn our religion?

  14. Onogwu Joseph Sunday

    This is d idea of doom, if d minister of education want to cut down d number of subject to meet d standard, what happen to other subject? must it b Religious subject? who don’t knw d efficacy of CRS and IRS? d honourable minister av to fabricate his lies mor and mor, we are not comfortable with dis cuck and bull stories. God must punish all d agent of Demon in our era claiming a gud leader bt took d footstep of Herod, Nebuchadnezzar, Pharoe and lots more. wot happen to dos wicked rulers will not skip d enemy of progress of Nigeria our dare country.

  15. It’s a piety any country that forget or ignored the words of God that is the beginning of their fall less look back since festack when Nigeria have stated lifted idol more than God that is when Nigeria stated facing problems Nigeria let’s not forgotten God so soon by removing religion subject in primary secondary schools is not the best what are we teaching our children now we need to be suspect our leaders most of them their of darkness they don’t belonged to light may the Lord delivered Nigeria amen

  16. Njoughul Doosh

    What in God’s name is this? First the government have no respect for the people because they are running the nation as a one man business with out seeking the opinion of Nigerians The minister just gave an order for the removal and merging are we in a military rule? Then again how do you merge two different way of life? If not the plan to confuse our children and leave them with no values and no honor for God. He said the subjects are too much so why not merge the science related courses as well as art and commercial why religion? And the so called plenty subjects were they not the ones he read and excel in them? Please Mr minister of education leave our children alone we are not America we

  17. ,Dr Tai Solarin’s Philosophy to Removal of Religion from School curiculum.Dr. Solarin teaches self-reliance as well as a commitment to Nigeria as a nation [42]. Tai has made every Mayflower student memorize a poem by William Ernest Henley that ends “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.” He makes that the center of his school’s curricula, and he points out that such a phrase amounts to blasphemy in Islamic states like Kano, Sokoto, or Borno [43]. Furthermore, as far as Tai knows, Mayflower is the only school that does not teach a particular religion or lead the students in hymns and prayers [44]. He has actively opposed church ownership of the schools since 1952, yet they still remain almost entirely sectarian [45]. Tai remarks that if national devotion to religion is what makes a country great, then Spain and Portugal should have become the greatest nations on earth [46]. Nevertheless, he allowed his Christian students to build their own chapel on the school grounds, as long as no school money went into its construction or maintenance, and no time was lost from their studies [47]. Tai also blames the many sectarian schools for dividing his nation. Because of their innate competitiveness, they undermine any chance of teaching a common Nigerian nationalism [48]. The result is that, rather than rallying behind Nigeria in a national crisis, people rally behind the banner of their particular creed, and that leads to ethnic violence (and has almost led to the brink of civil war) [49]. Because of this conviction, Tai’s Mayflower students are not taught to give their first allegiance to any god or church, but to Nigeria “first and foremost.”

  18. YAKUBU ALI MAKINTA

    What kind of religion can be taught then… in Religion and National Values? And what about the department of Islamic/Christian studies in our universities? Now we understand how immoral society we are living in.

  19. The Bible tells us not to kill, not to steal etc. In prisons we place Bibles to change criminals. If we had allowed Bibles in schools we might not have had so many prisioners.
    When children and youths misbehave families and society are losing but what else can we expect when their consciences have not been trained.
    When we push God out of our lives, He may bow out but then we must not blame God when evil befalls us. We cannot expect God’s protection and blessings when we do not want Him in our lives.
    Please be very careful about this issue. We have seen the effect of this in the Western world.
    If you think the number of subjects is too high DO NOT CUT OUT CRS OR IRK PLEASE.
    I am an educationist, have taught in Sweden, England and Nigeria. I was a principal of secondary schools for 12 years in Nigeria before I started my own school 22 years ago. I draw the timetable myself for my school and read the teachers lesson notes, exam questions etc.
    I see no problem with the number of subjects we have.
    I wish us success and blessings on our children.

  20. Daniel Agotikuyo

    If hat will resolve our social issues and the lowest ebb of moral decadence would be addressed, why not give it a chance?

  21. The Bible tells us not to kill, not to steal etc. In prisons we place Bibles to change criminals. If we had allowed Bibles in schools we might not have had so many prisioners.
    When children and youths misbehave families and society are losing but what else can we expect when their consciences have not been trained.
    When we push God out of our lives, He may bow out but then we must not blame God when evil befalls us. We cannot expect God’s protection and blessings when we do not want Him in our lives.
    Please be very careful about this issue. We have seen the effect of this in the Western world.
    If you think the number of subjects is too high DO NOT CUT OUT CRS OR IRK PLEASE.
    I am an educationist, have taught in Sweden, England and Nigeria. I was a principal of secondary schools for 12 years in Nigeria before I started my own school 22 years ago. I draw the timetable myself for my school and read the teachers lesson notes, exam questions etc. I see no problem in the present number of subjects.
    Wishing us success and God’s blessings on our children.

  22. The reason why the minister of education trying to exclude the both christains and muslims religion studies,is that he belongs to shii’tes,,and shii’sm has no revance in the curriculum of islamic religion studies in Nigeria. This is his agender.

  23. A Nation without Christ is full of crisis. Can somebody tell me if this is the change we are talking about from light to dark ages. May the good Lord have mercy on our leaders and redeem our Nation from the hands of the scornful.

  24. The Government has a lot issues to deal with in Nigeria rather than wasting time with school curriculum. If others could pass their WAEC with C.R.K/I.R.K in the syllabus why won’t this generation do so….Government can only help by paying teachers so that there won’t be strike and other necessary amenities that makes interesting.

  25. This is not fair. why are people not supporting religions in this era of the so called change? If I may ask. Is God really in Nigeria any longer. The nation Nigeria needs strong Revival.

  26. NASIRU MUSA MAIYAMA

    Hi.. Minister of education remiving of IRS..CRK in school curriculum is not good not possible the what MARTHEMATIC / ENGLISH?
    08062206733

  27. Nonsensical and aberration this is purely stupidity removing the two core subject that teaches morals I smell rat here

  28. Merging this subject is not done by this administration, I as a teacher, I saw it during the last administration.

  29. Hmm, may God help Nigerian. Our leaders with all sorts of ideologies sa.

  30. this is a very good decision. come to think of it religion as a means of deceit and division among Nigerians started from pre-nursery. where Muslim and Christian students are separated when the period comes. we are from that tender age telling our tomorrow we are not same and not equal. where in our curriculum are we encouraging #UNITED NIGERIA.

  31. I strongly support the removal of those subjects because it is neccesary.Come to think of it,what is the need of those subjects to be thought in schools when we have religious centers like churches which teach even better.In schools people who teach this subjects are not that religious but in some churches,the priest takes charge of that.

  32. it is a good idea. but i am urging the minister to make history a compulsory subject in our primary and secondary schools with immediate effect

  33. This is a knee-jerk reaction! One of those ill-thought decisions that usually boomerang on national progress. Just who is this minister to take such a decision, without consulting the teeming public who will be affected by it? And how do you merge both religions which are at extreme parallels into one? I see the name “Religion” was still retained in the new subject which this minister wants to impose on us; so, which religion will that be? This is clearly not a move to secularize education in the country, rather, it has the semblance of doing away with one religion that’s viewed as a headache to those behind this stupid and brazen move. We’re all waiting to see the curriculum of the anointed “Religion” that will be taught under this new subject. I know this is neither a sincere nor forthright decision. It is one laced with hegemonic and sectarian tendencies. Nobody has any right to dictate for adherents of a religion s/he does not practice and know nothing about. We’re waiting and watching what this stupidity will yield to Nigeria.

    • The problem with Nigeria is that our leaders do not plan and test the outcome of what they want to implement before imposing them on the public. They should first train enough teachers in Islatian or chrislam religious studies before thinking of merging christian and islamic religious studies in our schools.
      It seems the minister did not know that students choose the subjects they study for W.A.E.C. or did he learn all the courses in the university he attended(I assume he attended one)May God save us from some of the captains of our ship-Nigeria.

  34. Misplaced priority, you can see His face dat he can’t even reason well, pupils sit on d floor to learn, some even sit with fierce animals cos of dilapidated school facilities dat ve been begging for a change, nd this s d only subject dat could matter most to a whole minister of education.

  35. The Government should be ready to manage Jihad war in Secondary Schools, because if a student come from a family that are fundamentalist how will such student cope with the Christian Doctrine of The Sonship of Jesus, The Crucifixtion of Jesus, The Death of Jesus, The Burial of Jesus, The Resurrection of Jesus, etc, all of these and many more are not in alignment with what Islam believes, and these are The Core Foundation of Christianity! How will the exam be set and students will not fail, not because they don’t comprehend what is taught but cannot subject themselves against the hhistorical details of their Faith they hold in high esteem…

  36. we all have to look at it critically, to understand the ministry intention for changing the subjects (CRS &IRS).1::removing the subject without supplementing.2::does the (RNV) contains or rather the contents in it are relatively comprising of our religious values and even our culture. then why the uprising when if changing the title does not mean changing the content. let all reason and look into it prior to our criticism.

  37. Chuu Krydz Ikwuemesi

    The removal/merger will help to cut down intolerance. The subject should also accommodate traditional religion. If people know a little about one another’s religion it makes room for a level of understanding and harmony. Nigeria has been bitterly divided along religious lines and education (through divisive religious studies) should not be a tool for fanning the embers of such division.

  38. I don’t surport the ideas,
    Its part of change Nigerian to one religion,
    Every Friday Islam allowed children to participate in prayers at around 1:30pm. In every public school,
    And don’t forget that Christian children have no prayer programming in the puplic like before.
    But what religion do with leaning of our children.

  39. This is ultimately in resistable idea it can not be good for each an individual person to remove all those of kind subjects this is not good more especially IRS…it help us 2 remember the lessons and moral value of so many verses in the holy qur’an and hadith but dis is a negative effect to combine different subject 2gether. May Allah s.w.t protect us 2 our entire muslimz ummah around d world.

  40. This is ultimately in resistable idea it can not be good for each an individual person remove those kind of subjects this not good more especially IRS…it help us 2 remember the lessons and moral value of so many verses in the holy qur’an and hadith but dis is a negative effect. May Allah s.w.t protect us 2 our entire muslimz ummah around d world

  41. Hmmmm, naija open your eyes oh, all this is indirectly heading somewhere, what I know is that the counsel of Ahitophal shall not stand. End time glaring so clear in our every eyes…capital no to the so call merging is all deceit there’s more to this.

  42. This is a portfolio rascality. The move does not help national malady & moral decadence now pervading the country. Frequent review &changes in the primary & secondary school curriculum over the yrs is jeopardizing the nation’s quest for quality & sound education. The removal of CRK & IRK from 1 & 2 school curriculum at ds time or future time is highly regretted & unnecessary. Let the evil perpetrators reverse the policy decision.

  43. May the LORD GOD save us from Unrighteous Decrees and their Consequences. Isaiah 10:1. The Number of Subjects are not the problems of our Educational System. The caliber of Teachers and the Qualifications of those making educational policies are our problems.

  44. Honestly it is a welcome idea cos the number of subjects in our primary/secondary schools are too much. However, students end up reading just to pass exams and not assimilating what they learned.

  45. For me, I think is a good idea to cut down the number of subject been offer, studying 10, 12 subject that too much to remember anything after the exam, on this note not really the number of subject offered that matter but how well the students can recall what their have been thought.

  46. Aburahimah Mikail Abdurraheem Ekoyeni

    Removal of the subject that teaches us the piety of Allah has very negative implications on the community. And when the piety of Allah is excluded in the schools, Education has lost its natural values. Thus, the piety of Allah is the beginning of wisdom.

    • Abdurrahman, piety of Allah? If that’s what u need keep the kid at hope and teach him/her, Quran. Or send him to Sambisa to get raw Islam from those that do it true to Allah, not coward illiterate as you. Stupid religion, even stupider people, my people!

  47. Aburahimah Mikail Abdurraheem Ekoyeni

    Removal of the subject that teaches us the piety of Allah has very negative implementations on the community. And when the piety of Allah is excluded in the schools, Education has lost its natural values. Thus, the piety of Allah is the beginning of wisdom.

  48. Mustapha Muhammad

    No is not possible, please. How do merged different though, Religious background and everything. Look at it very careful please.

  49. Suleiman abdulkadir

    I smell fish. Something like Shiite’s view.

  50. Sulaiman Shehu Tsafe

    Maginalazation

  51. Comrade Bilyaminu H. Kura

    hmmm but you have to think deeply before removing any subject, and the government explain to the public and seek their view, then use it as the measurement for removing or not. I wish Nigerian and its leaders the best of luck.

    • Solomon Accord

      All this government do is to cut cost, merging ministries and then subject from 20 to 10. the next step is to reduce the teaching strength by half,,, then i did warn Buhari was out of tune with time and space,. this is the era of pit toilet

  52. Ogunboyowa Samuel

    This is where our problem lies, We always aspire to be like every other country in the developed world. I personally think we’ve lost our identity as a nation and until we locate it, The status quo will remain unchanged. Merging the two subjects together is really not necessary but let’s wait and see the effect the change will have on the children. May God help and bless Nigeria.

  53. This govt is full of deceit and hypocrisy, wat concern them with the schl subjects, is dat what they should face? Anyway, they should try to join C.R.S/C.R.K and I.R.K together if they dont want wahala