The move by the Kano State Government to remove some lewd and pernicious teaching materials from the curriculum of both public and private basic schools in the state has been commended by the Muslim rights advocacy group, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC).
The Kano State Government, through the office of the Special Adviser on Private and Voluntary Institutions, issued the prohibition in an announcement made on Thursday, 5th October, 2023.
In the announcement, the Kano State Government listed some six (6) textbooks prohibited for instructional use, “due to observed inclusions(sic) of inappropriate and sexually explicit contents that are harmful to the morals of our young students.”
Malam Hassan Sani Indabawa Chairman,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) Kano State Chapter, in a statement issued on Friday said
e decision of the Kano State Government, under the leadership of Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf to prohibit the use of some obscene teaching materials in the state, has come at the right time. Therefore, all parents, educationists, learners and advocates must embrace and support the initiative so as to tame the alarming rise of immorality amongst the youths in the state.
The human rights group lend its support by calling on the authorities to ensure strict compliance by both public and private schools in the state.
The commendation was contained in a statement released by the Chairman of the Kano State Chapter of the group, Malam Hassan Sani Indabawa, on Friday October 6th, 2023.
Mr Indabawa further said:
“As one of the front line advocates for the removal of all obscene teaching aids from the nation’s educational system, we at MURIC rejoice and commend the Kano State Government for doing the needful by prohibiting the use of some selected teaching materials found to contain sexually explicit contents which are perverse to the moral upbringing of pupils in the state.
“The surreptitious inclusion of explicit sexual contents in some of the basic education teaching materials, was part of the Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) developed by the United Nations Population Fund (UNPF) for worldwide use to promote promiscuity, fornication and homosexuality. This is one of the evils of globalization. Certainly, these strange knowledge contradicts our faith, culture and values.
“Aside from the CSE, many textbooks used in Nigerian schools have been corrupted with lewd contents.
“Nigerians may be well aware that in the last twenty years or so, classical English literature books and novels such as Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Merchant of Venice, Weep Not Child, Things Fall Apart, The Man Died, African Child, Akin the Drummer Boy, Mine Boy, The Delinquent and so forth have been removed from our school curricula and replaced with sex-related local English literature and other science books containing lewd and pernicious matters to give the unsuspecting young school pupils the wrong impression that self-control is unnecessary and that casual sex makes them feel good; that they should engage in casual sex before marriage; that ‘safe sex’ is what to aim for in life provided that they don’t get pregnant and if they do get pregnant, they should go for abortion.
“As we may equally be aware, one of the negative consequences of this is the sexualisation of primary and secondary school pupils.
“Therefore, the prohibition of the use of the offensive text books by Kano State Government must be backed by appropriate legislation to provide legal framework for sanctioning any erring school authority for effective implementation of the government’s directive.
“The Office of the Special Adviser on Private and Voluntary Institutions and Kano Educational Resource Department (KERD) must be well-equipped to ensure strict compliance as it is our belief that some self-seeking, unscrupulous and unconscientious groups and individuals may attempt to frustrate the effort with support of the global conspiracy designed to destroy the fabric of our family value system, decency and modesty.
“We also call on other state governments to emulate Kano State Government by reviewing and removing all lewd and pernicious teaching materials from their various basic education curriculum.
“Finally, we reiterate our earlier call, made on the 25th May, 2023, to the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC), a federal government agency charged with the responsibility of implementing educational policies in Nigeria, to immediately review and expunge any sex-related content from the curriculum being used in Nigerian basic schools.”