Governor of Katsina State, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari has rejected calls for the scrapping of Almajiri Islamic Education System practised in the Northern part of Nigeria.
Alhaji Masari who made the declaration while receiving audience, members of the board of directors of the Universal Basic Education, UBEC, in the North West Region, led by Senator Abubakar Sadiq.
He insisted that reforming the system and repositioning it to address perceived educational imbalance and the out-of-school-children-syndrome in this part of the country would be more viable.
The Governor said ’’addressing the Almajiri System of education requires drawing the line between Almajiri and beggars’’
”The Almajiri education system requires improved infrastructure and their conditions while in the care of their Malams. Also, there must be improved sanitation and clean environment, ensuring skill acquisition and improved living conditions,’’
He further added that more qualified teachers drawn from Western subjects like English and mathematics should also be deployed, so that products from the Almajiri education can compete favourably and be self-reliant.