Students want Islamic principles in school curriculum
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.