April 14, 2024

Integrating Western education with Almajiri system solution for out-of-school children in North – Minister

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Education Minister, Professor Tahir Mamman

The Minister of Education, Prof Tahir Mamman said integrating Western education with the Almajiri system is the only lasting solution for out-of-school children in the North.

Mamman stated this in an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

He said the ministry is working on the blueprint of the President Bola Tinubu administration to stimulate and sustain the growth of the education sector.

Speaking on the 10.5 million figure of out-of-school children quoted by the UNESCO figure, the minister said, “Well, I don’t want to go into the issue of figures, whether it’s 10.2 or less or more, but the fact is that we have millions of Nigerians who are supposed to be in school and who are not in school at this point in time and we are addressing that.

“We have four anchor pillars we have come up with. What we’ve been able to do in the last six months since we came on board is to enrol up to two million plus out-of-school children through a number of agencies in the ministry.

“In fact, we have an agency set up specifically for that purpose, to take care of Almajiri and out-of-school children. It’s yet to take off fully because we are still waiting for waivers from the Head of Service, recruitment and even secretariat and so there are still some headwinds in terms of the take-off of that agency, but we have not been resting.”

Mamman further stated, “I liken out-of-school children to a pool of water and if you clear that pool of water and then you are not able to close the tap which is actually feeding that pool then you are not solving the problem.

“So, we are working on a two-track policy of addressing out-of-school children and then trying to close that gap,” he said.