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192 Almajirai Test Positive for COVID-19 in Kano

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Kano State Commissioner for Education , Sanui Kiru on Thursday confirmed that 192 Almajirai have been tested positive for Covid-19.

Sanusi isclosed this during Covid-19 press conference at Kano state Government House during the covid-19.

“Since the beginning of repatriation of Almajiri we have successfully repatriated 1183 and have received 244. We moved 418 to Katsina, 524 to Jihawa, 155 to Kaduna, 38 to Bauchi, 36 to Gombe and 75 to Zamfara.

“We fed the Almajiri, gave them the required healthcare and got them tested where we discovered 192 to be positive and got them isolated,” he stated.

The commissioner also said the state government had provided three Almajiri Integrated Boarding Schools in Bagwai, Madobi and Bunkure Local Government Areas in addition to twelve already existing ones.

“The Almajiri schools in the state now have the capacity to admit a total of 1,800 students in which there is an integrated curriculum that includes the Qur’anic and modern education.

“We have also initiated regulatory measures for anyone that intends to establish an Almajiri school and anyone that does not meet the rules will not be allowed to operate,” he said.

The commissioner said all Almajiri schools in the state had been closed down pending the opening of schools when the integrated system will begin to operate.

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje in Kano had in May 2020 formally outlawed the system of education in the state.

The proscription of the system, according to the government, is to enable children enlisted in the system of education to be integrated into the conventional western education system, in place in the country.

The term Almajiri is derived from the Arabic Word ‘al-Muhajirun’, which implies a person who leaves his home in search of Islamic knowledge.

The announcement to this this effect was made by Murtala Sule Garo, Kano state commissioner for Local Government Affairs, who doubles as the chairperson of the Kano State Almajiri Evacuation Committee.

Speaking during the scheduled media briefing of the Kano State Task Force on Covid-19, Garo disclosed that over 1000 Almajiris have so far been repatriated to Kano from various states across the North within the past one month.

The commissioner also stated that Kano had also received about 1,172 Almajiri evacuated to the state from the neighboring states within the period, noting that 723 the evacuees have been reunited with their families.

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