The Governor of Kano State Dr. Umar Ganduje has insisted that the old Almajiri system must be remodeled to comply with the State free and compulsory primary and secondary schools education policy.
Ganduje made the statement at media briefing in Kano.
He said the old system has been abolished in the state, as earlier agreed by most Governors of the northern region because all children either Almajiri or non-Almajiri deserve to be in a conventional school.
“We also said whoever insists to run Almajiris school must follow the guidelines we put in place for running an Almajiri school. Parts of the guidelines include, that, school must have a curriculum which must integrate conventional fields of study, like English, Mathematics and Craft training.”
Other guidelines, he listed are “…teachers must provide pupils with decent accommodation, good feeding system, they must have qualified teachers, there must be a system of evaluation and control, like quality assurance and there must be system of examination among other guidelines,” said the Governor.
Ganduje clarified that, the process was not meant to strip Almajiri teachers off their tutorship, but to further incorporate them into the mainstream teaching program of their pupils with new set of mentoring system, as teachers.
“Some of those Alarammas (Almajiri Teachers) are being employed and we are going to use them in the schools we are commissioning specifically for Almajiris. We are therefore calling on others to come forward and be recruited to teach in those schools,” explained the Governor.
Giving details on the Almajiri relocation to their states of indigene, at the media briefing, the Chairman of the Committee saddled with that responsibility, the state Commissioner for Local Governments, Murtala Garo, reveals the distribution of Almajiri in terms of those taken to their states of origin and those received by the State from other States.
Garo said “Your Excellency we took 419 Almajiris to Katsina state, 524 to Jigawa state, 155 to Kaduna state, 38 to Bauchi state and 36 to Gombe state. While we received 179 Almajiris from Adamawa state, 220 from Nassarawa state, 96 from Gombe state, 18 from Katsina, 92 from Kaduna state.”
He added that, “Out of the 1,146 Almajiris who were tested for COVID-19, 28 of them were tested positive. While 311 were identified with other illnesses like fever, malaria, stomach pain among others. And also over 1,000 Almajiris were arrested roaming about the streets in the metropolis.”
Garo further discloses that, 723 Almajiris, who are indigenes of Kano state that were brought to the state have been taken to their parents, and that they would be the automatic students/pupils of the new schools designed to for them.
Source: Voice of Nigeria