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Association of Islamic schools support integration of Islamic, western education in Kaduna

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  Association of Quranic Recitation and traditional Islamic Schools of Nigeria, Kaduna State Chapter, on Wednesday pledged support to  the state’s  plans to integrate Almajiri schools into formal education system.

Chairman of the association in the state, Malam Suleiman Maizube, made the pledge when the association visited the state’s Commissioner for Education, Dr Shehu Makarfi in his office in Kaduna.

Maizube, described the decision as a welcome development, adding that the association was in full support of government’s decision.

According to him, the step will help in addressing the problem of the Almajiris and will benefit the pupils,  parents and nation at large.

“We are here to introduce our association to you and to pledge our support to government’s plans to integrate almajiri schools into formal education system.

“This is what we have been praying for and we are happy that Kaduna state has taken the step toward making it a reality. We want to assure you that we are in full support,” he said.

Responding, Makarfi thanked the association for the support, stressing that the main concern of government was for the almajiris be formally educated.

“The almajiris will be allowed to do their normal Qur’anic studies and will be taught English, Mathematics and other relevant subjects.

“It is ignorance that is driving fears among stakeholders on  integration of the two education systems.

“There is nothing wrong in accommodating an almajiri into classrooms.

“Let them come in and study, but they should bear in mind that they will be taught formal education, we don’t want a situation where pupils are going round without formal education,” he said.

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