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Kano govt to set up board for Arabic education

By AbdulSalam Muhammad

KANO — Against the backdrop of near absence of a centralised agency with a clear mandate on Islam, Quran and Tsangaya education schools in the state, Kano State Government has revealed plans to set up a Board that will oversee its affairs.

The state Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Musa Salihu, who disclosed this during inter- ministerial briefing in Kano, explained that the move follows discovery that over 23,000 of such schools exist as against 4,600 secular schools in the state.

The Commissioner said that the state needs a centralised agency with a clear mandate to oversee the Almajiri schools, adding that effort is on to win the confidence of the clerics to boost the plan.

Until lately the Almajiri school, popularly known as Tsangaya Schools, fall under scattered supervision of education ministry, Tsangaya Board, Council of Ulama, and  Sharia Council without a single  supervisory agency to claim responsibility.

Alhaji Musa Salihu lamented that the absence of the supervising agency had in no small way impede the growth and quality of the Tsangaya  schools, stressing that products of such schools often had no room for expansion.

“It is sad to note that graduates of Tsangaya schools do not have equal opportunity with their counterpart from the secular set up in terms of employment opportunities, and furtherance of  their education.

“This is brought about by near absence of sole supervisory agency,” Musa Salihu stated.

He stated that the ministry is currently training 30 teachers who will in turn train 900 Tsangaya teachers in a bid to broaden their opportunity for future challenges.

He said that government is also considering direct assistance to clerics that own and manage such schools, adding that the reform it intends to carry out will bring about radical changes in the administration of the Tsangaya educational system.


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