Ganduje bans ‘Almajiris’ from begging in Kano streets

by AHMAD DANYARO

In an effort to consolidate the free and compulsory primary and secondary school education program in Kano State, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has banned Almajiris from begging in the streets.

The governor made this known Tuesday during the launching of Basic Education Service Delivery for All, BESDA, and distribution of Offer of Appointment to 7,500 volunteer teachers in the state, as contained in a statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar.

According to the governor, the integration of the Almajiri system to the policy will address the lingering problem of the social menace of begging in the state.

Mr Ganduje said: “This policy of free and compulsory basic and secondary education goes along with it integration of our Almajiri system into the mainstream policy implementation which suggests that, English and Arithmetic must be included in the Almajiri school curriculum.”

“…while they [Almajiris] will continue acquiring their study of the Holy Qur’an, they would at the same time learn English and Arithmetic, that will give them an opportunity to continue with their studies to secondary schools and beyond,” he explains.

The governor noted that 7,500 newly recruited volunteer teachers would be posted to Islamiyyah and Almajiri schools, “so that our Almajiri schools would be fully integrated under our new policy of education”.

Mr Ganduje, therefore, warned that all the Almajiri teachers who doesn’t abide by the new school arrangement, stressing that, “If you think you cannot accept that then you leave the state!”

Also speaking, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, commended the effort of the state government in the education sector, saying that what the state is doing under the new policy is exemplary.

Mr Adamu was represented by a Director from the Ministry, Mrs Liman.

In his remarks, the state chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, Dr. Danlami Hayyo reveals that, apart from construction of new classes and renovation of many, the state government had procured about 16,327 3-Seater chairs for the schools.

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