Anglican Communion rejects bill on Christian education

The proposed National Council of Christian Education Bill has been rejected by Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), which has urged its proponents to retract their position.

The church claimed to have carefully and unequivocally rejected the bill’s provisions, which seek to control and oversee the advancement of Christian education in Nigeria.

The church claimed in a statement that the bill’s title intended to mandate certification of Christian education syllabuses and curricula. The statement was signed by Primate Henry Ndukuba. It also aims to certify teachers of Christian religious education, approve and oversee how Christian religious education is taught in all schools, accredit the programs of Christian theological institutions and seminaries, and approve and monitor Christian religious education teachers.

The church expressed shock that the bill allegedly intends to be retroactive and that existing church-owned seminaries and other faith-based institutions are not exempt.

The establishment of curricula, the length of training courses, and their content in relation to Christian education at any level are acknowledged as being entirely within the prerogative of religious freedom guaranteed by the constitution. The church rejected the bill for being in conflict with provisions of the Nigerian constitution by attempting to interfere with firmly established rights of freedom of religion.

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Employment of primary school teachers, secretaries, and watchmen in 22 local government areas in Delta State has been approved by Governor Sheriff Oborevwori.

In a press conference following the State Joint Account Allocation Committee (JAAC) meeting on Friday in Asaba, Victor Ebonka, the chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) for Delta State, announced the approval.

Ebonka stated that the JAAC meeting gave the approval, and that the recruitment process will be based on each local government’s assessment of its own needs.

At today’s JAAC meeting, His Excellency, Governor Sheriff Oborevwori, approved the immediate hiring of primary school teachers by 22 of the 25 local government councils.

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