INTEGRATING BASIC PRIMARY EDUCATION CURRICULUM INTO QUR’ANIC EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN IN MINNA, NIGER STATE
The purpose of this study was to integrate universal Basic Education programme into the Qur’anic education for children in Niger state. The study was guided by four research questions and four research hypotheses. Survey research design was use to investigate the opinion of Qur’anic education teachers and UBE teacher in Niger State. The population for this study is all the Qur’anic education and UBE teachers in Niger state while simple random sampling was used to select 80 teachers of Islamic Studies and 15 teachers of Basic primary Education Schools. Some literature related to the study was reviewed. The review of literature was basically on documentary sources like unpublished thesis and dissertations, published books, journal articles and internet sources. A structured questionnaire which consists of thirty five (35) items divided into five parts was used to collect data to answer the research questions formulated to guide this study. This instrument was validated by three experts and the Cronbach’s Alpha method was used to establish their internal consistency. Data was arranged and analyzed according to the research questions and the formulated hypotheses. Data collected for research questions were analyzed using means and standard deviation scores, while the Hypotheses were tested with t-test at 0.05 level of significance. Chief among the findings of the study is that the respondents agree on most of the elements of Universal Basic Education to be integrated in to the Qur’anic system of Education for an age group of five years and above. Based on these findings, the researcher concludes that there is need for elements of Universal Basic Education to be integrated in to the Qur’anic system of Education for an age group of five years and above. The major recommendation is that efforts should be made by the government to equip Qur’anic schools with basic facilities like libraries and vocational centre to provide children with basic tools for further educational advancement, including preparation for trades and craft of the locality as proposed in the National Policy on Education. The limitations of the study were also highlighted while suggestions for further studies were made.