Ganduje spends N200m on almajiri education

By Kolade Adeyemi

Kano State Governor Abudullahi Ganduje has approved over N200 million to buy books for the remodelled almajiri schools.

Six hundred teachers were recruited as part of efforts to prevent the pupils from  begging.

The teachers were recruited under the Best Education for State Delivery for All (BESDA) programme.

Ganduje, who was represented by the Head of Service, Dr. Kabiru Shehu, said the government was concerned with the plight of children begging under the guise of attending Qur’anic schools.

He said 393 almajiri schools were selected from 44 councils for the pilot project, adding that the subjects to be offered were English, mathematics and others on Thursdays and Fridays.

The 600 teachers recruited were not part of the 3,000 screened for recruitment in the state.

Shehu noted that the initiative of integrating almajiri schools into the mainstream curriculum was long overdue.

He said: “The new initiative will checkmate street begging among almajiri because more measures would be put in place to bring forth the dignity and resourcefulness of pupils for the development of the state.”

The teachers would also get fare.

Executive Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Dr. Danlami Haido said the government had declared free education in basic and senior secondary schools, and would recruit 3,000 volunteer teachers to reduce teachers’ deficit.

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