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Government of Kaduna State. certify Almajiri teachers

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Government of Kaduna State.  certify Almajiri teachers

By Philip Yatai

On Monday, the Kaduna state government inaugurated a committee to develop a program for the certification of teachers in Almajiri schools in the state.

Dr Shehu Muhammad, the education commissioner, who inaugurated the committee in Kaduna , said under the new plan teachers in Almajiri would be awarded the National Certificate in Education (NCE).

Almajiri derives its origin from the Arabic word “Muhajir”, which literally means immigrants, and generally refers to students in the non-formal Koranic school in the northern part of Nigeria.

Muhammad explained that this step was part of efforts to reform the education system of Almajiri and Tsangaya for full integration into the traditional Western education system.

He described the Almajiri education system as a system in which Muslim children, at an early age, learned basic knowledge about Islam, its values ​​and labels.

The commissioner said that although the Muslim community still cherishes it, the system has been subjected to all kinds of abuse and needs to be reformed according to current realities.

“This committee has the responsibility of designing a framework that would produce Almajiri teachers who would have an NCE to employ in primary and secondary schools.

“The committee will also develop a framework for training and retraining all teachers in Almajiri in the state.

“He is also expected to develop the appropriate scale to use in placing teachers in the formal education system, and anything else they deem necessary for successful integration.

“The curriculum, once developed, will be submitted to the National Council of Colleges of Education, for possible adoption and use at the national level,” he said.

Muhammad pointed out that although most Almajiri teachers have completed a training system, memorize the Quran and know Islamic knowledge, they do not have the proper certification to make them employable.

The commissioner said the state government had previously banned peddling and begging on the streets and would now enact a law prohibiting children from moving around without advice.

He noted that removing all Almajiris from the streets would involve developing a system and alternatives, where they can study the Quran with basic reading and writing.

According to him, this will allow children to attend primary and secondary school, become better citizens and live quality lives in the future.

The commissioner said the committee was made up of members of the Ministry of Education, Kaduna State University, the Council of Universal Basic Education of Kaduna State, the Office of Interfaith and the Department of Human Services and Social Development.

Others, he said, include the Foundation for Sustainable Education for Africa’s Development, the AMA Foundation, the Kaduna Public Schools Quality Assurance Authority, the chief’s office. service and the Association of Tsangaya Schools of Nigeria.

He said the committee has six weeks to complete its mission.

The chairman of the committee, Professor Sani Sambo, dean of the faculty of education at Kaduna State University, said the committee’s task was huge, but promised to complete it on time.

“We will do our best to develop an almost perfect plan for the state government to adopt and achieve the goal of integrating the Almajiri education system with formal education in the state,” he said. he declares. (NOPE)

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