From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
Parents of children begging on Kano streets are bound to face the wrath of the law as Kano state Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has perfected all plans to integrate the Almajirai into conventional education system through his Free, Compulsory Primary and Basic Education System.
The AUTHORITY recalls that already, Ganduje has sent a bill to the state House of Assembly to back the no-street-begging and hawking policy, particularly, for school age children.
Ganduje who spoke during the launching of Basic Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) and Distribution of Appointment Letterss to 7,500 volunteer teachers, held at Sani Abacha Stadium on Tuesday, lamented the ugly situation occasioned by street begging in the state.
According to him, “this policy of Free, Compulsory Primary and Basic 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 schools curriculum.
“This will go a long way in giving those kids other type of education; while they will continue acquiring their study of the Holy Qur’an. They will, 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 said the 7, 500 volunteer teachers who were offered Appointment Letters, will be posted to Islamiyyah and Almajiri schools, “so that our Almajiri schools would be fully integrated under our new policy of education.”
Ganduje, however, warned that, “henceforth, any Almajiri teacher with such pupils under Almajiri school arrangement must accept the new approach put in place by the state government. If you think you cannot accept that, then you leave the state!
“When beggars are caught, it is not only that a beggar is caught, but his parents and/or guardians will also be traced. Such parents or guardians would be taken to court for disrespecting our laws.”
Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, who was represented at the occassion by a Director from the Ministry, Mrs. Liman, commended the effort of the state government in the education sector, adding that what the state is doing under the new policy is exemplary.
In his remarks the State Chairman of State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr Danlami Hayyo revealed that, apart from construction of new classes and renovation of many school blocks, SUBEB in the state has been able to produce 16, 327 3-Seater chairs for the schools.
The AUTHORITY reports that the 7,500 newly recruited teachers who hold National Certificate of Education (NCE), were drawn from across the 44 Local Government Areas of the state.
The programme was attended by many development partners and other Federal Government agencies, including the Emirs of Bichi, Gaya, Rano and Karaye, while the Emir of Kano sent a representative.