Send your children to Almajirai school, risk jail –El-Rufai

Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, warned on Monday that parents who enrol their children into Almajirinci system of education risk a jail term of two years.

The governor gave the warning when he visited over 200 Almajirai returned from neighbouring states of Kano , Plateau, Bauchi, Gombe and Niger to Kaduna.

The Almajirai were undergoing rehabilitation and optical screening at Government College, Kaduna.

According to the governor,  any Islamic cleric who enrols any child into the Almajirinci system will  be prosecuted and jailed as well as fined N100,000 or N200,000 per child.

El-Rufai noted that all the Almajirai pupils sent from other states of the country were indigenes of the state, adding that the government would accord them the opportunity to grow and develop.

The governor said, “We will, therefore, continue to take delivery of every Almajiri pupil indigene of Kaduna State for rehabilitation, treatment and enrolment into formal school nearest to where their parents live.

“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 added that every child in Kaduna State must get 12-year free and compulsory primary and secondary school education.

“As such, no parent has any excuse for his child not to go to school.

“Those that cannot proceed to senior secondary school will have the opportunity to go to vocational school, also free,” he added.