The federal government has reiterated its commitment to ensure there religious tolerance in schools across the country especially at the basic cadres.
Tahir Mamman, the minister for education had this known at the occasion of the ministerial session of the high-powered 67th National Council on Education policy meeting held recently in Lagos starting.
While responding to a media inquiry on stories making the rounds that some primary and secondary schools in the country are forcing religious prayers and songs on students.
And that some schools are even expelling students who refuse to submit to their schools’ religious activities.
Mamman emphasised that inclusivity and religious tolerance in educational institutions in Nigeria remain the hallmark of democratic ideals.
The minister stressed the need to bridge the gap between policies and implementation if the education sector is to experience positive progress.
The former vice-chancellor of Baze University, Abuja reiterated the need for schools in the country to provide equal access to opportunities and resources for citizens who might otherwise be excluded.
The five days policy convergence had in attendance commissioners for education from the 36 states of the federation and other stakeholders in the education industry.