NEWS – KANO GOVERNOR BANS ‘ALMAJIRIS’ STREET BEGGING

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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has announced the ban on street begging otherwise known as Almajiri in the state.

The governor in a statement signed by his spokesperson, Abba Anwar, noted that parents and guardians who allowed their wards or children to engage in street begging would be taken to court.

Anwar in the statement on Tuesday noted that the decision was taken in order to fully consolidate on the free and compulsory primary and secondary schools education in the state.

He also stated that the decision was to address some of the problems caused by street begging, noting that Almajiri teachers should either comply with the decision or leave the state.

According to him, “If almijiri teacher thinks he cannot accept the new policy he has to leave the state.

“When Almajiri are caught begging, it is not only that beggar is caught, but his parents or guardians. Such parents or guardians would be taken to court to face the wrath of the law.”

He disclosed that the policy of free and compulsory primary and secondary education is aimed at the integrating the Almajiri beggars into the policy.

“This policy of free and compulsory basic and secondary education goes along with its integration of our Almajiri system into the mainstream policy implementation. This suggests that English and Arithmetic must be included in the Almajiri schools curriculum,” he said.

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