COVID-19: Ganduje abolishes almajiri system in Kano state

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has finally abolished Almajiri system for life in the state, after more children test positive to COVID-19.

Governor Ganduje, made this known yesterday at a media briefing in Kano, as he insisted that the system of Almajiri system has been totally abolished in the state.

This is coming after the state government revealed that 28 out of the repatriated Almajiri children to the state tested positive to the highly contagious Coronavirus disease and have been quarantined at isolation centre for necessary medications.

The governor explained that if an Almajiri system would be allowed in Kano, there are guidelines which if followed they will allow for it to continue. He said:

“there is no doubt managing the Eid El Fitr under COVID-19 was not an easy task, but we have to appreciate that the Friday prayers and the Eid prayers on Sunday were conducted peacefully.

“The Imams ensured that people complied with the COVID-19 protocols during Friday prayers and the Eid prayers. I was impressed to have learnt that most Imams did not allow their who came without face masks to enter the Mosque.”

The guidelines according to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, include having a curriculum that tallies with a formal school system, there must be a provision for Almajiri in terms of their full shelter, foods, clothing and all other necessary livelihoods.

Ganduje added that if Almajiri system will continue, there must be qualified teachers who will be certified by the government through test and examinations.

However, recall that over 1000 Almajirai have so far been repatriated to Kano from various states across the North, while Kano has evacuated about 1172 Almajarai to neighbouring northern states.

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