The Challenges of Implementing Islamic Studies Curriculum in Nigerian Secondary schools

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2015
Authors
Adegoke, K.A.
AbdulRaheem, B.
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Higher Education Research and Policy Network (HERPN£T) Africa Kampala International University, Kampala, Uganda
Abstract
Nigeria is a multi-religious society which is responsible for the way the religion is being promoted to the extent that the religious holidays outnumber secular holidays. A common practice in Nigeria is that some professionals do abandon their professions for evangelism claiming that religion gives them the succour which their professions cannot give them. However, it must not be forgotten that the needs of society is one of determinants of curriculum design meaning that religious education must be integrated in Nigerian educational system otherwise Nigerian education will be regarded as imbalance because it fails to cater for the needs of society. Based on this, Islamic Studies as one of Religious Studies is taught in all the levels of Nigerian educational system. The two objectives that Islamic Studies curriculum wants to achieve are; providing the Muslim children with their religious needs and inculcating in them the moral values that w{lImake them a mora! worthy personalities in their society. This is in accordance with what was recommended in National Policy on Education. Unfortunately, Nigeria as a nation is being confronted with the problems which are of moral values in spite of existence of Religious Studies in its school curriculum. This makes some people suggest that the value education be introduced in our school system thinking that Religious Studies has failed in its duty. What is not clear to the advocate of value education is that Islamic Studies as one of Religious Studies is being confronted with a lot of challenges which have hindered its effective implementation which could also happen to value education. This paper therefore identified these challenges and offered possible solutions to them which if implemented Nigeria's problems would become a thing of the past
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Islamic studies , Challenges , Curriculum , Nigerian secondary schools , Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION::Religion/Theology::Islamology
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Adegoke, K. A. & AbdulRaheem, B (2015). The Challenges of Implementing Islamic Studies Curriculum in Nigerian Secondary schools. Journal of Sociology and Education in Africa ,Higher Education Research and Policy Network (HERPN£T) Africa Kampala International University, Kampala, Uganda, 12 (2&3), 7-14.