The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN), has warned Governors of the South West geo-political zone not to put their plan to unite school curriculum and education policies in the region under the carpet.
The body also urged the governors not to make the plan a mere political statement.
MSSN in a statement made available to journalists by its Amir (President) MSSN, (Lagos State Area Unit), Dr. Saheed Ashafa, said the body was in full support of the governors’ plan.
DAILY POST recalled that the South-West governors on Monday after their meeting held in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, announced their plans to improve the socio-economic development of the region through functional education, agricultural and social policies, among others.
Ashafa said: “There is the need for the governors to make the proposed curriculum all inclusive and be built to tackle the growing moral decadence in the region and the country at large.
“We applaud the collaborative efforts of the governors in the South Western region. We hope that this will aid development of the region in different areas. We particularly commend their interest on moral decadence observable among students through a unified curriculum being proposed.” he said.
Emphasizing that the governors’ resolution on education would boost literacy in the South Western region and Nigeria as a whole, the Amir noted that “we strongly believe that the earlier government realised the need to tackle moral decadence, the better the future that awaits youths.
“This a major reason the inclusion of a course like Islamic Religious Studies remained one of the most reliable means of ensuring moral uprightness.
“Having a uniform curriculum is a good plan that will help equal educational development in the region and will assist in eradicating illiteracy, which is still very high in some of the states. It will also create a chance for a practical means to measure the standard of education in the region.”
The MSSN Amir while advising the governors not to politicise education, lamented the non-teaching of Islamic Religious Studies in some schools in the South Western region.
He also urged stakeholders in education sector in the region to assist the governors in making the curriculum unification a reality, saying,“we hope that this move is not a mere political statement. The Governors should act swiftly on their plans, especially the one relating to education by taking the proposal beyond paper works”.