BISHOP DAVID OYEDEPO
Bishop David Oyedepo of the Living Faith Church speaks, after an emergency meeting of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), against the educational policy that is forcing all students, both Islamic and non-Islamic, to take Islamic studies.
He says Christian religious Studies, CRK, shouldn’t be removed from being a stand-alone subject and imbibed in other subjects as topics.
The General Overseer of Living Faith Church also known as Winners Chapel, Bishop Oyedepo issued strict warnings to the federal government concerning.
Oyedepo’s warning concerns the controversial introduction of Islamic Studies to schools’ curriculum and the merging of the Christian Religious Knowledge (CRK) with other subjects. The clergyman warned against compelling secondary school students of Christian backgrounds to offer Islamic Studies.
Urging the federal government, he warns them to be mindful of the educational policy; saying the government does not have the right to force any student to take any subject that they don’t wish to take.
“You cannot force our students to study Islamic Studies or Arabic Studies,” he said. The PFN, which is presided over by Rev Felix Omobude, also expressed concerns about the development.
“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.
In a statement, the management of the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) says that Christian Religious Knowledge (CRK) is still being taught in schools as a separate distinct subject with the accompanying teacher’s guide.