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El- Rufai Said ‘We Will Jail Parents Who Enroll Child Into Almajiri System’
The governor of Kaduna state ‘NAZIR EL-RUFAI’ has warned that parents who enroll their children into Almajiri education system stand the risk of prosecution and likely two-years imprisonment.
On Monday May 25, 2020, El- Rufai stated this when he visited the children extradited from Nassarawa state, undergoing rehabilitation and optical screening at Government college, kurminmashi, kaduna state.
Almajiri is known to be a system of Islamic education practiced in northern part of Nigeria, where young children leave their homes to live with their Islamic scholars/cleric to learn about the religion. The system has over the years been corrupted by the children roaming about the streets begging for alms and food without any slight of education.
The governor duringthis visit said any Islamic cleric who enrolls any child into Almajiri system would be prosecuted, sentenced and fined 100,00 or 200,000 per child.
He further said;
“We will, therefore, continue to take delivery of every Almajiri pupil indigenous to Kaduna state for rehabilitation, treatment and enrolment into formal school nearest to where their parents live. We will continue to do this until we clear Kaduna state of the menace of Almajiri system, which is not education but the abuse of the privilege and future of a child.
Our ultimate goal is for them to acquire formal education without depriving them of the opportunity to acquire Quranic education.
They will continue their Quranic education but under the care of their parents and not under someone who does not know them or paid to look after them”
While expressing his delight over the extradited children, he said the state has a responsibility to do whatever it can to give them hope and a better future.
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