Lagos State’s Muslim Students’ Union Condemns Inclusion Of Bible Knowledge Questions In Secondary School Entrance Exam

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It accused the state’s education ministry of being biased toward Christians in the setting of questions for the examination.
The Lagos Chapter of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) on Thursday condemned the inclusion of Bible knowledge questions in the 2022 entrance examination for public schools.

It accused the state’s education ministry of being biased toward Christians in the setting of questions for the examination.

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) earlier accused the Lagos State Ministry of Education of inserting Bible knowledge questions in the 2022 entrance examination for Lagos State public schools.

MURIC Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, made the allegation in a statement he issued on Tuesday.

He said the development gave Christian candidates an edge over their Muslim counterparts and put Muslim candidates at a disadvantage as they were certain to miss those questions, even as they were also made compulsory.

However, MSSN Lagos on Thursday said that its members who took the examination complained that the Bible knowledge questions were part of the general questions set for the Primary Six Placement Test into Junior Secondary School 1 held on Saturday, July 23, 2022, with reference number LSA/PT/2022.

According to the Muslim students, the paper was captioned English Studies/Verbal Reasoning/General Paper but questions 12 and 14 were from the Bible.

This was made known in a statement signed by Mallam Miftahudeen Thanni, Amir (President), Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit.

The statement accused officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Education of deliberately favouring Christian students, describing the situation as a “misnomer”.

He asserted that including Islamic Religious Studies in the examination questions would have been an alternative, describing the inclusion of only Bible knowledge questions was an injustice to the Muslim candidates.

“The deliberate act of setting only CRS in the general paper is a misnomer, knowing fully well that Muslim students will also take part in the exam. Nigeria is a multi-religious society and not a mono-religious state,” he added.