FG says no immediate plans to ban Almajiri

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President Muhammadu Buhari has clarified the position of the Federal government on Almajiri system of education, noting that there is no immediate plan to ban the system.

The National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, during the inaugural National Economic Council meeting on Thursday, announced that the government was planning to proscribe the educational system as a way of tackling insecurity.

But in a statement released by Presidential Spokesperson, Garba Shehu, the Presidency noted that the government is yet to pronounce a ban on the system.

“The abrogation of the Almajiri (Qur’anic learning system associated with begging on economic and religious grounds peculiar to some Northern states) system of education remains an objective but there is no immediate ban of it by the Buhari Administration.

“Indeed, the federal government wants a situation where every child of primary school age is in school rather than begging on the streets during school hours,” Shehu said.

“Reports that there are plans for massive arrest of parents are definitely out of place. Things have to be done the right and considerate way.

The Presidency stated that in pursuing the objective of ensuring that every Nigerian child had compulsory basic education, due consultations will be made with relevant authorities before any action is taken.




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