BISHOP DAVID OYEDEPO, WARNS FG AGAINST FORCING ISLAMIC STUDIES ON CHRISTIANS

Speaking after an emergency meeting of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) in Lagos on Thursday, June 29, Bishop Oyedepo said the government does not have the right to force any student to study a particular subject. He said stopping Christian Religious Knowledge in secondary schools would also affect the course in tertiary institutions. He said, “You cannot force our students to study Islamic Studies or Arabic Studies.”
The PFN, which is headed by Rev Felix Omobude, also expressed their concerns about the development saying, “The PFN is concerned at the contention and controversy that have attended the revised Basic Education Curriculum, especially the unnecessary collapse of Christian Religious Studies as part of an omnibus subject known as Religion and National Values. “We note the explanation by the 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 of people with vested interests who want to impose their religious preferences on pupils.”
The PFN has called for an immediate reversal of the change of curriculum allowing Christian Religious Studies (CRS) to remain a separate subject as it has always been. The body also said, “Collapsing CRS 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.”

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