Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State on Tuesday announced a ban on street begging by Almajiris.
Ganduje noted that the development was to consolidate the free and compulsory primary and secondary school education policy in Kano State.
“This policy of free and compulsory basic and secondary education goes along with its integration of our Almajiri system into the mainstream policy implementation. This suggests that English and Arithmetic must be included in the Almajiri schools curriculum,” the governor said during the launching of Basic Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano.
Offer of Appointment was also given to 7,500 volunteer teachers at the event. The teachers “will be posted to Islamiyyah and Almajiri schools, so that our Almajiri schools would be fully integrated under our new policy of education,” the statement added.
Ganduje warned that any Almajiri teacher who is not comfortable or satisfied with the new policy was leave Kano State.
“If almijiri teacher thinks he cannot accept the new policy he has to leave the state,” a statement released by Abba Anwar, Governor Ganduje’s spokesman, added.
The governor further noted that if any Almajiri is caught begging on the street, his parent or guardian would be charged to court for violating the state policy.
“When Almajiri are caught begging, it is not only that beggar is caught, but his parents or guardians. Such parents or guardians would be taken to court to face the wrath of the law,” the statement added.
The idea is to ensure the Almajiri’s gets civil education in addition to their Quranic knowledge.
“That will give them an opportunity to continue with their studies to secondary schools and beyond.”
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