Kano State governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has said that the Tsangayal School system known as the Almajiri school system introduced by the Jonathan administration was a misplaced priority.
Speaking at an APC media roundtable in Abuja, Ganduje said what should have been done was to find a way of integrating the almajiris into the normal school system to avoid stigmatization in the future.
The governor said it was a waste of resources to construct blocks of classrooms in the name of almajiri schools without the pupils to attend them.
While saying that he has written to President Muhammadu Buhari, explaining the measures been by the Kano state government to intergrate the students, he said creating special schools for the almajiris was abnormal.
“The last federal government introduced the Almajiri schools but the school is not well articulated. It is a wrong policy. For example in my village, we have this school with only 50 students and in Kano we have over three million Almajiris.
“If you are creating an Almajiri school that is abnormal, who will like to be tagged Almajiri? Is it that after completing your studies your certificate will be tagged Almajiri? And later in life you will be called a graduate of Almajiri school? Which means you were an Almajiri before, so it has some social problems.
“What we are adapting is integration. The Almajiri are integrated into the normal school system and from our investigation most of the Almajiris in Kano came from other parts of the North state, from Chad and Niger.
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