…As Scout commissioner advises children on good behaviour***
Kano State Government says it will enroll the over 1,000 repatriated Quranic education pupils, generally known as “Almajiri” into formal schools in line with its free and compulsory education policy.
“Every child in Kano state, including Almajirai, must go to school,” Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje said on Wednesday during a media briefing by the State Task Force on COVID-19, held at the Government House, Kano.
According to him, the government had concluded plans to incorporate the children into conventional schools to chart a better future for them.
Ganduje warned that the government would not allow Almajiri schools to operate in any part of the state unless they meet some criteria and guidelines.
“If an Almajiri system will be allowed in Kano, there are guidelines which if followed they will allow for it to continue.
“These include, having a curriculum that tallies with a formal school system; there must be provision for the Almajiri in terms of their full shelter, food, clothing and all other necessary livelihoods.
“There must be qualified teachers who will be certified by the government through test and examinations.
“If these guidelines are strictly followed and abide by, then we will allow the system to fully operate in Kano,” he assured.
On COVID-19, the governor said that the fight against the virus was yielding positive results in the state.
Earlier, Commissioner, Local Government Affairs, Alhaji Murtala Garo said 723 Almajiri school students repatriated from other states had been reunited with their families.
Garo, who chairs the state Almajiri Evacuation Committee, said the 28 Almajiri school students who tested positive to coronavirus were receiving treatment in the state.
In another development, the Scout Commissioner in Oyo State, Mr Tunji Adepeju, has urged children to always do their best at home and in their respective community.
Adepeju gave the advice in a statement issued on Wednesday in Ibadan to commemorate Children’s Day.
He said: “On behalf of The Scout Association of Nigeria (Oyo State Scout Council) I wish to congratulate our young ones on the occasion of this year’s Children’s Day.
“As a voluntary organisation, we had planned to have a number of activities to mark the day for our young boys and girls, bearing in mind that scouting is for them but for the COVID partial lockdown in the state”.
The commissioner noted the likely discomfort the pandemic would have caused the pupils and students in their studies.
“In accordance with the motto of the Cubs Section in the Scout family, “Do your Best”, I am positive that the children will be using the period to do their best at home and in their respective communities,” he said.
Adepeju also said that he was confident that the younger scouts would have adjusted to the current way of life as they are always prepared for eventualities and circumstances by their training.
He, however, said that children should continue to keep tidy and clean by washing their hands regularly while continuing to maintain the physical distancing rules and staying safe at all times.
“We look forward to a more fulfilling celebration on May 27, 2021,” the state scout commissioner said.