The Quranic Reciters Association of Nigeria has said that it has vehemently rejected the abolishment of Almajiri education system in Kano state.
Recall that the state Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje recently announced the abolishment of the Almajiri education system as part of his free and compulsory education policy.
The governor subsequently ordered that the Almajiris pupils be evacuated to their respective families, thereby enrolling the Kano indigenes into the remodel education system in the state.
However, speaking at a press conference in Kano on Monday, the National President of the association, Gwani Lawi-Danzarga said they are not in support of the decision to ban Almajiri system in Kano.
According to him, the Ganduje’s administration had arbitrarily abolished the education system without consulting them, describing the decision as violation of the right of movement and settlement as provided by the Nigerian Constitution.
He maintained that instead of banning Almajiri education in Kano, the state government ought to have formalized the system to make it like that of western education.
“Everybody is a witness to how western education has gotten total attention. Why not Quranic education? It should have the same preferences as that of western education. But, we just woke up to hear that the state government had banned Almajiri education.
“We are Nigerians. The Nigerian Constitution has provided for free movement and that a citizen can live anywhere in this country, but now our pupils are being arrested by the government.
” All this while, the government has taken a decision without consulting us. Although, we can not fight the government but we are not happy with the decision and it is hereby rejected” he said.
Mr Lawi-Danzarga also lamented that most of the Almajiri schools in the state had been deserted as the government had arrested the majority of the pupils, adding that he could not give the exact number of the arrested boys but the association is collating the figures.
The President disclosed that the officials of the association are making consultations in order to take the next line of action.
In a swift reaction, the state’s Commissioner for Education, Mohammed Sanusi-Kiru stated that the government did not ban Quranic education but abolish the Almajiri system where young boys are subjected to roaming on the streets without proper care.
He denied the claim that the government did not consult Quranic teachers before taking the decision, adding that Mr Ganduje has had a meeting with them at the government house and over 90 percent of them had accepted the policy.
He stressed that the state government would no longer condone the situation where children are taken to a particular place in the name of seeking knowledge without being taken care of.