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CAN Appeals to Niger State Government to Revisit Teaching of CRK in Public Schools

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CAN Appeals to Niger State Government to Revisit Teaching of CRK in Public Schools
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Niger State has called on the state government to address the issue of religious discrepancies in public schools by recruiting teachers to teach Christian Religious Knowledge (CRK). They argue that teaching CRK is essential for instilling moral values in pupils and creating a more balanced educational system. The Catholic Bishop of Kontagora Diocese and state Chairman of CAN, Most Rev. Dr. Bulus Dauwa Yohanna, emphasized the importance of addressing this issue to promote equity, justice, and fairness in the education system.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Niger State has made a passionate appeal to the state government, urging them to address the issue of religious discrepancies in public schools. CAN is requesting the recruitment of teachers to teach Christian Religious Knowledge (CRK) in these schools to provide equal educational opportunities for both the Christian and Muslim students in the state.

Speaking on behalf of CAN at an event to mark the 45th anniversary of the National Conference of the National Association of Christian Religious Educators of Nigeria (NACREN), the state Chairman, Most Rev. Dr. Bulus Dauwa Yohanna, highlighted the necessity of teaching CRK in public schools. He emphasized that the inclusion of CRK in the curriculum would not only offer equal opportunities for students of different religious backgrounds but would also play a vital role in instilling the desired moral values in the pupils.

According to Most Rev. Dr. Bulus Yohanna, teaching CRK as a subject in public schools could contribute significantly to addressing the prevalence of social vices among the youths in the state. He argued that Christian students should not be denied the opportunity to learn about their faith in public schools when more than enough teachers are available to teach Islamic Religious Knowledge (IRK) in these schools.

"The current situation where Muslim students have access to qualified teachers to teach IRK while Christian students lack the same opportunity is unfair and does not promote equity, justice, and fairness in our education system," stated Most Rev. Dr. Bulus Yohanna.

The state Chairman recalled the ongoing battle between successive governments and CAN since 2003 over the teaching of CRK in public schools. He expressed regret that this issue has been persistently overlooked, leaving qualified CRK teachers without employment opportunities while vacancies exist in public schools.

In 2004, the state had approximately 152 public schools and only 120 CRK teachers. Despite hosting the National Conference of CRK Teachers that same year, the number of CRK teachers remained insufficient. The situation has worsened since then, with retired CRK teachers and those still in service being converted to teach other subjects, such as social studies.

To address the shortage, CAN has resorted to engaging volunteer teachers and paying them stipends to fill the gap. However, this approach falls short of providing a sustainable solution.

Most Rev. Dr. Bulus Yohanna urged the state government to take action and employ qualified CRK teachers to teach in public schools. He emphasized that reestablishing the teaching of CRK as a compulsory subject in these schools is crucial for equitable access to religious education.

Overall, the appeal from CAN in Niger State highlights the need for a balanced educational system that caters to the religious diversity of the students. By reinstating the teaching of CRK in public schools and employing qualified teachers, the state government can promote fairness, strengthen moral values, and create a better future for Nigeria.

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