The Kano state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has said, that most Quranic education school pupils, popularly known as “Almajiri”, who are mostly found on the streets in the northern part of the country, are not Nigerians.
The Governor disclosed this today, 7th December while declaring open a 3-day retreat organised by the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) in Kano.
“A lot of them are foreigners from Niger Republic, Chad and Cameroun.”
“From the survey we have conducted, most of the Almajiri roaming our streets are from Niger, Chad and the northern part of Cameroun.”
The theme of the retreat is titled, “Enhancing Basic Education in Nigeria towards a Robust Institutional Strengthening and Effective Stakeholder Engagement”.
The retreat, according to him, is also important because it is coming at a time education has become the first victim of uncontrolled population, especially when it is not matched with appropriate economic development.
He however, disclosed that free and compulsory primary and secondary school education, as well as the transformation of the Almajiri education system, were some of his major priorities in the education sector.