Stu­dents want Is­lamic prin­ci­ples in school cur­ricu­lum

Daily Trust - - EDUCATION - From Vic­tor Edozie, Port Har­court

The Mus­lim Stu­dents So­ci­ety of Nigeria (MSSN) has called on state gov­ern­ments in the South South of the coun­try to in­clude Is­lamic prin­ci­ples in the aca­demic cur­ricu­lum of their re­spec­tive states.

The Na­tional Pres­i­dent of the Mus­lim Stu­dents So­ci­ety of Nigeria, Malam Ab­du­lazeez Si­ra­judeen Fo­layemi, made the plea at the 60th an­niver­sary lec­ture of the as­so­ci­a­tion for the South South zone, held in Port Har­court.

Fo­layemi re­gret­ted that the ma­jor aca­demic ac­tiv­i­ties in schools lo­cated in the South are all in the Chris­tian way, not­ing that Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ties in the re­gion de­serve to be given equal treat­ment.

“As­sem­bly is con­ducted in the church style; the school uni­form and even the ed­u­ca­tional set­ting have only given room to Chris­tian cul­ture with no re­spect for Is­lamic prin­ci­ples. Even though we have started wit­ness­ing changes with the ap­proval for the use of Is­lamic dress code in Mus­lim and com­mu­nity schools in Ek­iti and Oyo states, we still need more recog­ni­tion in all govern­ment owned pub­lic schools,” he stated. Two mem­bers of the Amer­i­can Univer­sity of Nigeria Board, Mr Jon Free­man and Al­haji Ta­jud­deen Dan­tata, have hon­oured a board mem­ber col­league, Dr Enyantu Ifenne, by spon­sor­ing two scholarships in her name for JAMB can­di­dates en­ter­ing the AUN.

The fe­male can­di­date with the best JAMB score en­ter­ing AUN in any given year wins the first schol­ar­ship while any can­di­date with the best JAMB score from any of the three ge­o­graph­i­cal zones in the North, gets the other.

Schol­ar­ship win­ners can enrol for any course of their choice of­fered at AUN.

AUN founder, for­mer vice pres­i­dent, Al­haji Atiku Abubakar, also an­nounced two fresh scholarships in hon­our of late AUN Board mem­ber and for­mer United States Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser, Dr Robert Pas­tor, who died in Jan­uary. The Robert Pas­tor Schol­ar­ship will be awarded an­nu­ally to de­serv­ing male and fe­male JAMB can­di­dates en­ter­ing AUN.

A state­ment from the univer­sity said that the schol­ar­ship was a demon­stra­tion of com­mit­ment to in­creas­ing ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion, es­pe­cially for fe­males, in the ed­u­ca­tion­ally dis­ad­van­taged North East re­gion. Fe­male can­di­dates are par­tic­u­larly en­cour­aged to enrol at AUN be­cause of the nu­mer­ous schol­ar­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able. This com­mit­ment is fur­ther re­flected in the univer­sity’s lat­est ad­mis­sion fig­ures, which show that it has en­rolled more fe­male can­di­dates than males, for the first time in its his­tory.”

Mr Free­man said: “I am hon­oured to sup­port the schol­ar­ship for a fe­male AUN stu­dent in Dr Ifenne’s name to hon­our the work she has done with girls and women in Nigeria.”

He and Al­haji Dan­tata made the pledges at the Board of Trustees meet­ing in Wash­ing­ton DC, in Oc­to­ber last year. They take ef­fect from Jan­uary this year.

Gover­nor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State (left) chat­ting with Pro Chan­clel­lor of Osun State Univer­sity Prof. Gabriel Ola­woyin dur­ing the 3rd con­vo­ca­tion of UNIOSUN in Osogbo, re­cently.

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