‘Why govt should pro­mote re­li­gious teach­ing in schools’

Daily Trust - - ISLAMIC FORUM - By Ab­dul­la­teef Salau

The Nige­ria As­so­ci­a­tion of Teach­ers of Ara­bic and Is­lamic Stud­ies (NATAIS) has called on the gov­ern­ment to con­tinue pro­mot­ing proper teach­ing of re­li­gion in schools to en­sure moral dis­ci­pline and pa­tri­o­tism among cit­i­zens.

The call, the teach­ers said, be­came nec­es­sary due to the dis­turb­ing trend of clam­our­ing for se­ces­sion and re­struc­tur­ing of the coun­try, which poses se­ri­ous threat not only to the unity and corporate ex­is­tence of Nige­ria but also to the sanc­tity of life, wealth and dig­nity of hu­mankind. The group made the call in com­mu­niqué jointly signed by its Na­tional Pres­i­dent, Prof Sani Umar Musa and Na­tional Sec­re­tary Dr Abubakar Kawu Has­san.

NATAIS, ac­cord­ing to the com­mu­niqué, ex­pressed con­cern over the mis­con­cep­tion of some in­ter­est groups on the sta­tus of Ara­bic Lan­guage in the Nige­rian Ed­u­ca­tion Cur­ricu­lum.

It there­fore urged the gov­ern­ment to dis­abuse the minds of the pub­lic con­cern­ing the sta­tus of Ara­bic Lan­guage which, it said, is dif­fer­ent from Is­lamic Re­li­gious Stud­ies in the Nige­rian cur­ricu­lum.

The group said the sep­a­ra­tion of Is­lamic Re­li­gious Stud­ies (IRK) and Chris­tian Re­li­gious Stud­ies (CRK) from ‘Re­li­gion and Na­tional Val­ues’ in the Nige­rian cur­ricu­lum is a wel­come de­vel­op­ment.

It said noted that the sep­a­ra­tion would foster cor­rect un­der­stand­ing and teach­ing of the two re­li­gions.

The teach­ers also urged the gov­ern­ment to safe­guard Univer­sity of Maiduguri and other ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions and curb the men­ace of kid­nap­ping and other crimes in the coun­try.

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