Islamic Clerics, Parents Will Go To Jail If They Enrol Kids In Almajri, Says El-Rufai
The Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai has warned parents who enrol their children in almajiri system.
The governor said the parents may end up in jail if they don’t desist.
El-Rufai said it on Monday when he visited some Almjaris children repatriated from Nasarawa State.
The children are currently undergoing rehabilitation and screening at Government College, Kurmin Mashi Kaduna.
The governor did not only warn the parents, but he also sent the chills to Islamic clerics who allow such practice.
Parents and clerics might also be fined N100,000 or N200,000.
“We will, therefore, continue to take delivery of every almajiri pupil indigenous to Kaduna state for rehabilitation, treatment and enrollment into formal school nearest to where their parents live,” he said.
“We will continue to do this until we clear Kaduna state of the menace of Almajiri system, which is not education but the abuse of the privilege and future of a child.
“Our ultimate goal is for them to acquire formal education without depriving them of the opportunity to acquire Quranic education.
“They will continue their Quranic education but under the care of their parents and not under someone who does not know them or paid to look after them.”
El-Rufai also disclosed that the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Ministry of Human Services and Social Development (MHSSD) will monitor the progress and ensure that children are not taken out of the locality until they complete their primary and secondary schools.
“Those that cannot proceed to senior secondary school will have the opportunity to go to vocational school, also free. As such, no parent has any excuse for his child not to go to school,” he added.
He thanked MHSSD, other state agencies, UNICEF, AMA foundation, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and civil societies for their support.