Nigerian government reiterates religious tolerance in public schools

Prof. Tahir Mamman
Prof. Tahir Mamman [Photo: Gadzama]
The Minister for Education, Tahir Mamman, says inclusivity and religious tolerance in educational institutions in Nigeria remain the hallmarks of democratic ideals.

The minister stated this during the ministerial session of the high-powered 67th National Council on Education policy meeting held in Lagos starting on December 11, 2023.

Mr Mamman was responding concerning some primary and secondary schools in the country, allegedly forcing students to engage in religious prayers and songs and sometimes expelling pupils who refuse to submit to such religious activities.

The minister stressed the need to bridge the gap between policies and implementation if the education sector is to experience positive progress.

The five-day policy conference had in attendance commissioners for education from the 36 states and other stakeholders in the education industry.