Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has banned children from begging on the streets on the name of Almajiri in the state.
Gov.Ganduje disclosed this on Tuesday according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar.
The governor noted that the almajiri system would be fully integrated under the new policy of education in the state.
He explained that while almajiris will continue acquiring their study of the Holy Qur’an, they would at the same time learn English and Arithmetic.
Gov.Ganduje threatened to arrest parents of any child seen begging on the streets, adding that a warning had been issued to teachers of almajiris as well.
He said, “This policy of free and compulsory basic and secondary education goes along with it integration of our almajiri system into the mainstream policy implementation which suggests that English and Arithmetic must be included in schools curriculum.
“When almajiri are caught begging, it is not only that beggar is caught, but their parents or guardians would be taken to court for disrespecting our laws.”
Bittertruth Media reports that the north has the highest number of out of school children in Nigeria. Majority of these children tagged Almajiris live on the streets and beg to survive.