Delegates of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) met with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday in Abuja over the issue of the new 9-year school curriculum.
Leader of the delegation, Prof. Charles Adeyinka Adisa, who represented the CAN National President, called for the intervention of the National Assembly to ensure genuine respect for the Constitution, as well as, “abolition of obnoxious laws that infringe on freedom of worship.
Saraki, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Mohammed Isa, have asked stakeholders in the education sector to remain calm to enable the National Assembly to look into the various issues involved.
The Senate President assured the delegation that the Senate Committee on Basic Education would investigate the complaints by the Association against the new curriculum with a view to making it acceptable and satisfactory to all religions.
Saraki, who explained the background to the introduction of the policy, said the process began in 2010 when the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan came up with a series of reforms to reduce the number of subjects in the school curriculum.
“As leaders, we must continue to seek and find solutions to problems.
“You will remember that in 2010, the past administration came up with reforms on how to reduce the number of subjects at the basic education level.
“There were about 20 subjects at that time and subsequently they were reduced to 12.
“In the process of implementing that reform, we have this problem. Why I am saying this is so we don’t leave here and believe that it was done to favour one religion over the other.
“Now the reform is clearly not working. So our responsibility is to look into that reform and make it work.
“I am sure that there was no intention to make one group feel disadvantaged with this new school curriculum.
“This is why this Senate will direct our Committee on education to look at the reform and find out why it is not working with the relevant stakeholders,” Saraki said.