The Almajiri School otherwise known as tsangaya has been advised to include English and s basic modern education in addition to Qur’anic recitation they teach their students.
Bauchi state Grand Khadi, Alhaji Dahiru Ningi, gave this advice on Sunday during the commissioning ceremony of Tsangaya and Qur’anic Education Development Centre established by a coalition of Qur’anic teachers in Bauchi.
Represented by a Sharia court judge, Muhammed Othman El-Mainari, the grand khadi opined that introduction of basic modern subjects in Tsangaya schools would enable the pupils learn religious and worldly knowledge that would enable them relate comfortably with members of the society.
Also speaking, an Islamic cleric in the state, Sheikh Dan’azumi Tafawa Balewa, stated that payment of high registration and periodic fees in some modern Islamic schools prevented poor parents from enrolling their wards and prefer to send them to tsangaya schools where they would be taught free of charge.
He said government needs to motivate the tsangaya teachers and transform the system with a view to bringing solution to child begging otherwise known as ‘almajirci’.
Tafawa Balewa who noted that the administration of late Head of State, General Sani Abacha initiated reforms in almajiri system of education, lamented that aside former President Good Luck Jonathan, successive governments had not paid attention the problems associated with it.