Kaduna State Govt to convert all Almajiri schools to model primary school

Kaduna State Government has revealed plans to convert all Almajiri schools in the state into model primary schools.

The State Commissioner for Education, Shehu Usman Muhammad Ph.D, made this known in Zaria in an interview with newsmen after leading a team to monitor the conduct of the 2020 placement examination into Junior secondary school.

The Commissioner said the reason behind this conversion of the Almajiri schools is to enable all almajiris to benefit from both Islamic and western education simultaneously.

“We are converting all the almajiri schools to model primary schools, so that all the almajiris will have the benefits of the two educations – the Islamic education, that is the Quranic education, and the western education,” said the commissioner.

According to him, the teachers of the almajiris will be trained as all the almajiri schools are being converted to model primary schools, reiterating that “we will no longer have what is called almajiri school.”

He further said the schools may be called model schools, but the state government “will use that to ensure that every child in the neighborhood attends school, including that school that we are going to call model school”.

Speaking about the conduct of the placement examination, the Commissioner said he was impressed by the turnout of the pupils as over 220,000 pupils sat for the exams, with 70% of them from public schools.

He called on the quality assurance authority to ensure quick marking of the scripts as well as quick placement of the students in various schools around the state.

The Commissioner said: “As we have them here for this placement exams, our expectation is that the Quality Assurance Authority will ensure quick marking of the scripts and quick placement of these students in various schools around the state.

“And we place them based on assessment done by the quality assurance and that each child goes to where he feels he wants to go, that is the nearest junior secondary school, except where parents choose otherwise. We want to also encourage that distances are reduced. We don’t want children to walk a long distance before they go to their schools because I know distance is one of the key issues that becomes a barrier to access to education. So, we want to do that, and I am sure the quality assurance is prepared for that.”

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