Oyo House orders compulsory teaching of religious studies in schools

The Oyo State House of Assembly has ordered the teaching of Christian and Islamic religious studies in the state’s public schools.


The directive followed the adoption of a motion moved by Rafiu Adekunle (PDP-Shaki West) on the floor of the House at plenary on Tuesday.


Mr. Adekunle, in his motion, said education offers all round development to the individual, adding that education without morals is not complete.


He claimed that the prevailing cases of youth delinquency are as a result of the absence of religious teachings in schools.


The lawmaker said both Christianity and Islam provide a foundation for moral development in children.


The lawmaker submitted that many good leaders are products of mission schools with sound religious teaching.


He urged the House to direct the Executive to recruit more religious teachers through the State Ministry of Education, The Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM), and State universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to teach Christian and Islamic studies in public schools as compulsory subjects.


Mr. Adekunle also prayed the House to direct the Ministry of Education to provide after-school counseling programme for students and pupils in schools.


He also urged the executive to create an Inter Religious Commission to foster Christian/ Muslim relationship in the state.


Contributing to the debate, Babatunde Olaniyan (Accord- Ibadan North 1) said the motion is important to re-awaken the moral fabric of the children in public and private schools.


Mr. Olaniyan urged all lawmakers to support the motion which he said would renew the behaviour of the youths in the state.


Speaking on the motion, Monsurat Sunmonu, the speaker of the house, said that the motion is important for the development of school children in the state.


Ms. Sunmonu said parents should also cultivate the habit of teaching moral lessons to their children at home, adding that this would complement the learning process in schools.


When the motion was later put to question, all the members unanimously supported the motion.

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