The National Academic Recognition Information Centre rubber stamps International Certificate of Christian Education
There’s been some controversy over the decision by The National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) – a national agency that works on behalf of the UK government providing information, advice and expert opinion on qualifications – giving its approval of the International Certificate of Christian Education (ICCE).
A recent benchmarking study by UK NARIC has confirmed that the International Certificate of Christian Education (ICCE) General and Advanced Certificates can be considered to be comparable to the overall Cambridge International O and A Level standard respectively.
Thousands of children in the southern state will receive publicly-funded vouchers for the next school year to attend private schools where Scotland’s most famous mythological beast will be taught as a real living creature.
These private schools follow a fundamentalist curriculum including the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) programme to teach controversial religious beliefs aimed at disproving evolution and proving creationism.
One tenet has it that if it can be proved that dinosaurs walked the earth at the same time as man then Darwinism is fatally flawed.
Critics have damned the content of the course books, calling them “bizarre” and accusing them of promoting radical religious and political ideologies.
The textbooks in the series are alleged to teach young earth creationism; are hostile towards other religions and other sectors of Christianity, including Roman Catholicism; and present a biased version of history that is often factually incorrect.
Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) materials form the basis for ICCE. The workbooks state scientific tests “seem to prove that homosexuality is a learned behaviour.” They claim the second law of thermodynamics disproves evolution, and teach that “if a scientific theory contradicts the Bible, then the theory is wrong and must be discarded.”
In a training booklet for ACE staff, future teachers are told, “It’s interesting that in the African primitive languages there is no word for wisdom. We in the West find that surprising, but you see, the idea of wisdom came through the Biblical channels of the Judaeo-Christian religion and filtered into all of western culture and society.”
Obviously the BHA have now picked up on this.