- The Kano state government is sanitising its education system
- The Abdullahi Ganduje administration has placed a ban on street begging by almajiris in the state
- The government warned that henceforth, Almajiri teachers must accept the new approach put in place by the state government
Kano governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Tuesday, February 25 banned street begging by children popularly referred to as Almajiris in the state.
The ban was contained in a statement sent to journalists by the governor’s spokesperson, Abba Anwar.
Anwar said the move was to fully consolidate the free and compulsory primary and secondary schools education in the state.
Governor Ganduje says defaulters of the new ban will face the full wrath of the law. Photo: Govt House, Kano
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The government warned that henceforth, Almajiri teachers must accept the new approach put in place by the state government.
“If almajiri teacher thinks he cannot accept the new policy he has to leave the state,” the statement noted.
“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,” Governor Ganduje stated.
The governor also announced the launching of Basic Education Service Delivery for All and distribution of offer of appointment to 7,500 volunteer teachers, held at Sani Abacha Stadium.
This move is aimed at populating the education sector in the state with qualified teachers for the government's new policy.
“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.
Sameer Lukman Ibraheem wrote on Twitter: Politics aside! Ganduje deserves an accolade for banning Almajiri in Kano. No innocent child deserves to suffer!
Recall that the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, recently called on almajiris who beg for alms or other forms of assistance from their family members, relatives and others to direct their begging to the government.
Sanusi made the call on Saturday, February 22, at the National Conference on Alarammomi (Qur’anic Teachers) organised by Centre for Qur’anic Reciters in Nigeria.
The emir asked parents to stop sending their children to Almajiri schools as they could also study the Qur’an at their schools in their respective communities, adding that if they must be sent to such schools, necessary provisions to ensure their wellbeing and welfare must be made by the parents
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