Pentecostal Fellowship Of Nigeria (PFN), have reportedly countered the removal of Christian Religious Knowledge (CRK), ‘as part of an omnibus subject’ known as ‘Religious and National Values’.
The President of P.F.N, Dr. Felix Omobude, who spoke after an emergency meeting was held in Lagos State, said, the PFN body was bothered by the revised Basic Education Curriculum.
Addressing the press Dr. Omobude said,
“We note the explanation by the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) on some of the issues raised.
“However, the PFN maintains that whatever the case, there is really no need nor is there any justification for the needless confusion and uncertainty the NERDC has created which has opened up the implementation of the curriculum to the whims and caprices people with vested interests who want to impose their religious preferences on students.
“The PFN calls for an immediate reversal of the change of curriculum so that Christian Religious Studies can stand on its own as a separate subject just as it has always been.
“Collapsing CRK as only a part of Religion and National Values forecloses the opportunity of the subject being studied at the tertiary level by students who might so desire and this is unacceptable to us.
“On the question of the compulsory study of Foreign languages, as the curriculum has laid out, the PFN urges that the window be opened up to more languages beyond French and Arabic to accommodate other languages such as Spanish, etc. so that our children can enjoy greater flexibility in foreign language study and not be compelled to study a language they have no interest in, as it’s being reported in some states.
“We are aware of orchestrated plans to subtly use this policy as a means of forceful religious indoctrination and we maintain our stand against it,”
He called on the Federal Government to revisit the issue saying CRK can stand on its own as full subject as it has always been.