Poisoning the Nigerian child quietly - Paul Ukpabio's Blog


Post Top Ad

Place Your Ads Here

Post Top Ad

Place Your Ads Here

Monday, 3 July 2017

Poisoning the Nigerian child quietly

By Louis Odion, FNGE

Christian clerics currently raising hell over the subsuming of CRK under another subject in the school curriculum could not be said to have a full view of the bigger sharp razor grating the soft underbelly of the nation's education system.
Far more lethal, in my view, is the subtle but sustained sexualization of the curriculum at the secondary level.

This existential threat, more than the fixation on CRK and IRK, ought to rouse both Christian and Islamic faiths into urgent action.
Before we proceed, perhaps a quick word of caution is still auspicious against the backcloth of the growing fire-storm over the "downgrading" of CRK. Given the sensitivity of religion in our environment, the subterfuge by the officialdom and its enablers in a section of the intelligentsia that the policy was inherited from the Jonathan administration - that a "Christian President" actually initiated it - is quite unhelpful indeed.

Agreed that Jonathan was clueless. If the man was also reckless enough yesterday to sow land-mines on his trail, common-sense should prompt the succeeding administration to clear the death trap, not showcase same any further. Faith is fueled by passion, not reason. Only fools would then have imagined that there would be no consequences if adherents of one religion feel - rightly or wrongly - that their totem is being displaced to the upliftment of another faith.
What a wise leadership then does in the circumstance is exercise utmost caution. In any case, the nation's prevailing weather is already inclement enough with heavy political turbulence. Let no one add sectarian grenades to the mix.

Now, to the darker iceberg looming ahead. In our own days in the secondary school, the authorities paid more than casual interest to the texts we were exposed to and the sort of characters we made heroes.


For Literature in English in the junior class, we read "Passport of Mallam Ilia" by Cyprian Ekwensi, "So Long A Letter" by Mariam Ma Ba, "Old Man and the Sea" by Ernest Hemingway and so on.
Later in senior class, Peter Abrahams' "Mine Boy" opened our eyes to the evil of Apartheid in South Africa. Kenneth Kaunda's "Zambia Shall Be Free" fired our patriotism instinct.

Beyond the riveting plots, each of the novels referenced was meant to impart on our young minds the virtues of patriotism, honesty, forgiveness, piety, patience, endurance and so on.

So, it should be of grave concern today to anyone who cares about the nation's future that a great number of books being imposed on Nigerian kids are, at best, soft porn in text. This sort of hemlock spares neither Christianity nor Islam. True, modernity demands that writing mirrors it, but not at the expense of morality. It is already bad enough that environment is contaminated for the contemporary Nigerian child with the explicit contents of music, radio, television, newspaper etc.

Adding a steamy syllabus to that atmosphere of obscenity will be an overkill indeed.

Already, a strong case against this worrisome development has been marshaled by an advocacy group, Project For Human Development (PHD), and the Parents/Teachers Association of a Lagos-based school, The Crescent School, alongside the school management.

In an online campaign seeking signatories to its petition, PHD seeks the outright repeal of the COMPREHENSIVE SEXUALITY EDUCATION (CSE) "smuggled into school curricula" without parental consent. Reason? Explains PHD: "It is aimed at luring hapless school children into sexual perversity. The students in open classroom are taught the various techniques of 'safe sex'.

They are told to touch their genitals and turn to one another and say 'I like you'. Students are taught how to wear the condoms and how to give oral sex, 'hanky-panky', 'blowjobs' and masturbate in open classroom. This is CRIMINAL. It is devilish. It is unlawful. It is unconstitutional. It is not African. It is imported from the West. It is destroying the character of our school children. Therefore you must rise up now and say NO to Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE). You must stand up and be counted. It is your right as parents/ guardians/citizens to be heard."

In their own petition already delivered to the Federal Ministry of Education in Abuja, the concerned parents of the Crescent School frown at the new "raunchy policies" of Joint Admission Matriculation (JAMB) and NECO.

In the case of the former, the parents wrote: "(T)he tradition of literary immorality has recently graduated to the level of ... blame-able content of its recommended Use of English text for the 2017 UTME, In Dependence. The book is succinctly described by the author, thus:  It is the story of two people struggling to find themselves and each other – a story of passion and idealism, courage and betrayal, and the universal desire to fall madly, deep, in love. Nothing short of this enamoured description of love is depicted by the storyline. In fact, our students who sat for the current UTME found it morally distasteful, to say the least."

As for NECO, the worried parents contend that the curriculum for the junior secondary school only glamorizes acts of indecency such as rape, violence, kidnapping, girl defilement and sexualization of knowledge.

Specifically, attention has been drawn to one of NECO's recommended novellas entitled, The Precious Child, by Queen O. Okweshine, which leaves very little to the imagination about the female anatomy. On page 56, the author's rendition of a male's lust for a "sweet 16" is rather too explicit to be restated here.

There is another entitled, "The Tears of a Bride" written by Oyekunle Oyedeji. The author's steamy muse apparently reaches a climax on page 91 where he, without care for the sensibilities of the young readers for whom such novel is meant, graphically paints the picture of a rape with the predator coming out "of his house bare to the waist and readjust(ing) his wrapper" and "Romoke (crying) weakly as she comes out from the house holding her wrapper to her chest to prevent it from falling off her body."
By the way, could this partly explain why, with zippers of their shorts drawn, a group of male students of a public school in Lagos decided to chase after some visiting female students like aroused he-goats recently as the new normal? Perhaps, the naughty boys drew stimulants from Oyedeji's "Satanic Verses".

Overall, what is invariably exposed is the failure of gate-keeping at the education establishment. Just like every other sector of our national life, it is now possible to smuggle any contraband past even the eye of the needle. Ideally, texts only get recommended on their own merit after undergoing rigorous screening by the relevant academic board for depth, relevance and wholesomeness.

But the story we hear these days is that publishers/authors now lobby and will give arm and a leg to have their products listed - the short cut to selling more copies and smiling to the bank. Regardless of whether it is garbage or graffiti!
It will, therefore, not be out of place to link such compromising curricula to the death of morality and the rise of junk values in our society today.

In conclusion, let it be made known to the relevant authorities that, on account of its gravity, official response should not be limited to merely halting exposing the Nigerian child to the corrupting verses referenced above.

Additional steps should be taken to ascertain how such texts and others with lurid contents found their way to the curriculum and all those found culpable along the chain by acts of either commission or omission should be rounded up and tried under relevant sections of the Child Protection Act.
No abuse could be more cruel and indelible on the Nigerian child or more toxic and terminal to the nation's future.

1 comment:

  1. As always, this write up is thought provoking, all parents n adults should come out n denounce teaching of sex through the syllabus as unhealthy.


Post Top Ad

Your Ads Here