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Kano Governor bans street begging, employs 8,000 teachers

Kano Governor bans street begging, employs 8,000 teachers

Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje on Tuesday banned street begging in the state.

Governor Ganduje said the action is to fully consolidate the free and compulsory primary and secondary schools education of the state with the integration of the Almajiri system to the policy and by way of addressing the lingering problem of the social menace of begging.

He spoke during the launching of Basic Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) and Distribution of Offer of Appointment to 7,500 volunteer teachers, held at Sani Abacha Stadium, Kofar Mata, Tuesday.

A statement issued on Tuesday by Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Abba Anwar said Governor Ganduje explained that “This policy of free and compulsory basic and secondary 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, according to him would go a long in giving those kids another type of education, “….while they will continue acquiring their study of the Holy Qur’an, they would 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 explains.

A total number of 8,000 newly recruited teacher volunteers under the BESDA program were employed and were given letters of appointment, “…they will be posted to Islamiyyah and Almajiri schools so that our Almajiri schools would be fully integrated under our new policy of education,” he explains.

The governor 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, explaining that, “If you think you cannot accept that, then you leave the state!

He added that when a beggar is caught it is not only that beggar that is caught, but his parents and/or guardians would also be prosecuted.

Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, commended the effort of the state government in the education sector, adding that what the state is doing under the new policy is exemplary. He was represented by a Director from the Ministry Mrs Liman.

 

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