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Against the backdrop of federal government’s plan to ban Almajiri system of education in the country, clerics, scholars, parents and others have continued to weigh in on the move and suggest ways the highly abused system could be scrapped.

A cross section of those, who spoke to LEADERSHIP in Katsina said the new compulsory basic education system  which will complement efforts aimed at reducing insecurity, poverty as well as re-orientation of parents and elites among others hold the keys to ending the Almajiri system that had been used by many parents to avoid their responsibilities.

A Katsina-based scholar and parent, Mallam Lawal Saidu, said the Almajiri system would continue if there is no legislation to regulate the unfettered migration of children to towns and cities in search of knowledge. He also reasoned that the spate of insecurity and poverty in rural areas were fueling current exodus of parents and their children from rural areas.

“Previous government allowed the Almajiri system to go completely out of control because there ought to be a legislation that would regulate the movement of children. If you look at it, it is purely an economic issue because some parents at the grassroots have more children than they can cater for, so the only option left is to send them to urban areas under the guise of seeking for knowledge.

“I believed compulsory basic education would solve the problem if people are compelled to enroll their children into primary schools, if government steps up the provision of necessary facilities to absorb the pupils and there is improvement in the socio-economic well-being of the people in the rural areas. Certainly, there must be additional school facilities and legislation for ban on Almajiri system of education to succeed,” he stated.

Also, Alhaji Sale Aminu, a retiree and a cleric in Katsina, said the Almajiri system has no basis in Islam and the Quran and won’t be missed if abolished by the federal government, adding that many experts and Muslim faithful were in support of the proposed abolition of Almajiri system for a change to the style of impacting Islamic knowledge in decent climes.

“Parents of Almajiri should be encouraged to take care of their children and wards instead of sending them to (Islamic schools) teachers without making any provision for their children’s feeding, clothing, shelter and Medicare.

You will be surprise to discover that parents in as far as Maradi (Niger Republic) and Maiduguri (Borno State) send their children to Katsina when the children could easily remain with their parents and still acquire Islamic knowledge.

“Giving a child Islamic education does not necessarily mean sending away from home, a child could go to school and come back so that his parents can give him the desired parental care and attention. So, government plan to ban Almajiri system is a welcome development.

Neither Islam nor the Quran says you must send your child outside to acquire education,” he insisted.

 

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