Ashafa commends South West Governors’ Initiative on Education

The President of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, Lagos State, Dr. Saheed Ashafa has commended South West Governors’ plan to unite school curriculum and education policies.

The commendation of the proposal by the South West Governors was contained in a press statement signed by Ashafa on Tuesday, February 14.

Recall that among the resolutions of the South West Governors, who met in Ekiti State on Monday, is to have a uniform education curriculum that will improve the standard of education.

Ashafa, a Doctor of Islamic Studies described the governors’ resolution on education as a welcome development that would boost literacy in the South Western region and Nigeria as a whole.

He, however, urged the governors to ensure that the proposed curriculum was all inclusive, adding that it should be built to tackle the growing moral decadence in the region and country at large.

He said, “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 uniform curriculum being proposed.

“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 for the inclusion of a course like Islamic Religious Studies. Religious education remained one of the most reliable means of ensuring moral uprightness.

“Having a unified 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 practical means to measure the standard of education in the region.”

Ashafa, who urged the governors in the region not to politicise education, expressed concern over the non-teaching of Islamic Religious Studies in some schools in the South Western region.

He called on stakeholders in the education sector to assist the governors in making the curriculum unification a reality.

“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,” Ashafa added.

 
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