FEC approves ministerial retreat to end educational crises

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday okay-ed the hosting of ministerial retreat to end crises in the education sector.

The retreat, which id directed at reviewing education roadmap, also plans to brainstorm on how to boost standard of education in Nigeria.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, briefed State House correspondents at the end of the FEC meeting chaired by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Adamu, who was in the company of the Special Adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, said: “Council discussed very important issue on the road map of education sector and developments. We discussed many issues but the most important was education.

“Members agree that the fallen standard in education is so serious that we will need a ministerial retreat to look at all the issues. There are a lot of issues in solution and all of them are crying for attention.

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“So there will be a ministerial retreat in the next two weeks to look at the issues and from there we will take off in what we are doing.

“Initially we had prepared blueprint but FEC felt the issues is beyond that because there are crises in all the areas of education, in children school, in technical education and training, in ICT, in all the areas you can think of.

“So ministers are going to start talking to themselves and come out with solutions.” he added

He also faulted the recent media reports on the issue of Christian religious knowledge teaching and history subject in schools.

He said “There is no truth in it at all. It was just somebody’s imagination probably somebody who wishes to raise tension in the country after the Biafra issue and then the quit order given by some young people in the north so the person just followed suit trying to stoic the embers of religion. There is no truth whatsoever, I repeat.

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“Certainly there was a policy in 2012 which was given effect in 2014 that is even before this government came in. One of the things I did as minister was to speak to the national council on education to disarticulate history from the social studies curricula because we believe we want our young people to know our history.

“You cannot know who you are without knowing who your ancestors were in the past. And the national council of education did accept and agree that the teaching and learning of CRK has been made compulsory for all Christians students and teaching and learning of Islamic studies is compulsory for all Muslim students,” he added.

He pointed out that the reports were accusing the Ministry of doing the opposite of what it has done.

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