The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu , has instructed the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council to make the Christian Religious Knowledge and the Islamic Religious Knowledge distinctive subjects in the basic education curriculum .
The minister gave this directive on Thursday in Abuja , during his meeting with stakeholders from the six geo -political zones and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja .
The two subjects had hitherto been joined with Civil Education under Religion and National Values in the current schools ’ curriculum , a development that generated controversy in the last few months.
The meeting, which was also attended by the commissioners for education in the 36 states , focused on the strengthening of partnership in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals .
Speaking through the Minister of State for Education, Prof . Anthony Anwukah , Adamu said the directive to separate the subjects became imperative in view of the various complaints by Nigerians , especially the Christian Association of Nigeria .
The minister added that the joining of the subjects was not done by the current administration , as it was an effort by the then President Goodluck Jonathan government to reduce the number of subjects taken by pupils in schools .
Adamu said , “There is this controversy over the merger of CRK and IRK in the curriculum . There were complaints by parents earlier that children were overloaded with so many subjects and the recommendation then was to merge one or two subject