Kaduna to integrate Almajiri schools into formal education —Commissioner.
Alhaji Shehu Muhammad-Makarfi, the Kaduna State Commissioner for Education has said that the state government will integrate Almajiri schools into the state’s formal education system.
He made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria while inspecting 20
“We want to meet them in order to identify problems and agree on ways to address them for the smooth integration of Islamic schools into formal education.”
He said that part of the government plan was for the Almajiri school students to attend formal schools in the mornings.
“The Almajiris will be allowed to do their normal Qur’anic studies but they will be taught English and Mathematics, from there we will get to know their actual problems,” he said.
The commissioner noted that selfishness and ignorance were largely driving fears among stakeholders on the integration of the two educational systems.
“There is nothing wrong in accommodating Almajiris into classrooms.
“Let them come in and study, but they should bear in mind that they will be taught formal education. We don’t want a situation where pupils are going round without formal education.
“Our main concern is for this category of persons to be educated formally.
“Remember that they can memorise Holy Qur’an and when you eventually give them the chance for formal education you will be surprised with their performance.”
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NAN reports that the commissioner visited Barewa College, Science Secondary School, Kufena and Alhudahuda College, Zaria.
Muhammad-Makarfi said the government would discuss with Quranic teachers to assuage their fears and agree on a format for the full integration of the Almajiri schools.