Kaduna State governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, has said that every child in the state must have access to free education, including the Almajiris.
Speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting at Zaria, in continuation of APC campaign tour, the governor added that government has already doubled primary school enrolment.
El-Rufai, explained that his administration is determined to solve the almajiri problem through access to free education.
‘’In primary school up to junior secondary school, Islamic education will be taught as a subject. We don’t want Almajiri schools to operate separately. Regular schools will teach every Islamic topic that is being taught in Almajiri schools. That was how we learnt Islamic studies in our days,’’ he said.
El-Rufai, however, disclosed that the Saudi Arabia-based Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has promised to give Nigeria a grant of $35 million in order to integrate Islamic and Western education so as to curb the Almajiri system.
The governor said that Kaduna State has been chosen as one of the states where the pilot programme will commence when the funds are available.
The governor, who said that it is the only panacea to the Almajiri problem, stated that if the Kaduna State pilot scheme succeeds, other states would key into the project.