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President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that his administration has not abrogation the Almajiri (Qur’anic learning system associated with begging on economic and religious grounds peculiar to some Northern states) system of education even though such banning remains an objective of the government
The President, therefore, calls for caution in responses to the pronouncements on free and compulsory basic education for every child of primary and junior secondary school age in Nigeria, during his speech on Thursday, June 20, at the inauguration of the National Economic Council (NEC).
A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said Presidency notes that while the Buhari administration is committed to free and compulsory education as a long-term objective of bringing to an end, the phenomenon of out-of-school children, any necessary ban on Almajiri would follow due process and consultation with relevant authorities.
According to him, the Federal government wants a situation where every child of primary school age is in school rather than begging on the streets during school hours.
” At the same time, we don’t want to create panic or a backlash”
” Reports that there are plans for massive arrest of parents are definitely out of place. Things have to be done the right and considerate way.
“Free and compulsory primary school education is a requirement of the Nigerian constitution and any individual or group not in compliance with this is violating the law of the land and liable to be punished.
In his speech at the inauguration of NEC, President Buhari had stated, without equivocation, that the country’s children have rights and must be given their due rights and protection under the law.
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