Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has revealed that most Quranic education school pupils, popularly called “Almajiri”, who live on the streets in the northern part of the country, are not Nigerians.
Ganduje made this known on Monday, Dec 7 while declaring open a 3-day retreat organized by the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) in Kano.
The governor said: “A lot of them are foreigners from Niger Republic, Chad, and Cameroun.”
“From the survey we have conducted, most of the Almajiri roaming our streets are from Niger, Chad, and the northern part of Cameroun.”
The retreat has its theme as, “Enhancing Basic Education in Nigeria towards a Robust Institutional Strengthening and Effective Stakeholder Engagement”.
According to the governor, the retreat is also important because it is coming at a time education has become the first victim of uncontrolled population, especially when it is not matched with appropriate economic development.
Ganduje disclosed that free and compulsory primary and secondary school education, as well as the transformation of the Almajiri education system, were some of his major priorities in the education sector.
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