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Kano Gov stuns Nigerians, reveals that most Almajirai are foreigners

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Kano State governor Abdullahi Ganduje on Monday stunned Nigerians with the revelation that most Quranic education school pupils, popularly referred to as “Almajiri” are from neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon.
The group who are pupils of school age recieving Islamic basic education are also known to be roaming the streets in Northern Nigeria begging for alms.
However, it would be recalled that same Governor Ganduje was among the Governors who deported almajerai back to their States of origin during the peak of the Coronavirus pandermic.
The deportation of the almajiri children in the middle of the Coronavirus pandemic had cast more light in the dark. For the many years the almajiri system had existed, it had been perceived by many as constituting public nuisance. In the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, where free movements had been banned and social distancing greatly promoted, the almajiri way of life was greatly threatened. Hundreds of almajiri children had been deported from across different states of the federation; in a bid to flatten the spread of the Coronavirus. In some cases, some of them had tested positive to COVID-19.

The new revelation indicated that they are foreigners from the Niger Republic, Chad, and Cameroun,” Ganduje said while declaring open, a 3-day retreat organised by the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) in Kano.

The theme of the retreat is, ”Enhancing Basic Education in Nigeria towards a Robust Institutional Strengthening and Effective Stakeholder Engagement”.

“From the survey, we have conducted, most of the “Almajiri” roaming our streets are from Niger, Chad, and the northern part of Cameroun.

“Once you improve the quality of ‘Almajiri’ education system, you are inviting other ‘Almajiri’ from other places to come to your state. That is another problem.

“The northern governors are putting more pressure toward having a universal legislation that will limit the migration from one state to another,” he said.

He said that the retreat was “very vital and important, especially at this moment that the country is gradually coming out from the COVID-19 pandemic which has affected education in the country”.

According to Ganduje, the retreat is also important because it is coming at a time education has become the first victim of uncontrolled population, especially when it is not matched with appropriate economic development.

Ganduje disclosed that free and compulsory primary and secondary school education, as well as the transformation of the ”Almajiri” education system, were some of his major priorities in the education sector.

Earlier, the Executive Secretary, UBEC, Dr Hamid Bobboye, had said that the retreat was aimed at providing an opportunity for the board and management to brainstorm, exchange ideas and strategies toward moving basic education forward.

He said that the board and management would review strategic priorities and propose workable changes in the institution’s structure to drive both medium and long-term goals of the commission.

“We will also re-assess the legal framework, service delivery model, share emerging developments and trends, including global best practices, for better performance.

“This retreat could not have come at a better time than now when Nigeria and, indeed, the entire world, is facing a common enemy – COVID-19.

“The pandemic is serving as an eye-opener for all stakeholders in basic education,” he said

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Reps seeks postponement of school resumption

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Reps seeks postponement of school resumption

By Doris Ferdinand

The Committee on Basic Education and Services, House of Representatives, on Saturday called on the Federal Government to suspend the intended school resumption by three months.

The committee, in a press release signed by it’s chairman, Professor Julius O. Ihonvbere said that the need for the postponement is to enable local and state government put things in place adequately.

The committee expressed concern on the increase rate of infected persons, decrying the rush in school resumption where proper arrangements to safeguard the children have not been made.

The committee further argued that our educational institutions are not ready to resume as many of them are yet to implement five per cent covid-19 protocols established by the Federal Ministry of Education.

The committee further challenged the Federal Ministry of Education to first, independently monitor the extent of basic compliance with established protocols in all our schools.

“We are particularly concerned that when the infection rates hovered around 500 and under, schools were closed but now that it hovers well above 1000 infections daily, schools are being reopened. Why are we rushing to reopen schools without adequate verifiable and sustainable arrangements to protect and secure our children?

“Aside Lagos and a couple of other states, Governments are unable to enforce Covid-19 protocols. People no longer wear facemasks or use sanitizers. Public enlightenment campaigns have more or less stopped. Merely saying they would adhere to the protocols is no guarantee. In the rural areas, the sitution is worse.

“Our position is that in spite of the very comprehensive protocols established by the Federal Ministry of Education, not up to 10 per cent of our educational institutions have implemented five per cent of the protocols. In most of our primary and secondary schools nationwide, adequate furniture, water and other sanitation and hygiene facilities do not exit. Many poor parents would require support with facemasks and sanitizers for their children. We have not heard of how this would be addressed.

“We doubt that teachers, instructors and school managers have been adequately trained and prepared to handle Covid-19 safety protocols. We also know that adequate funds have not been provided to schools to cope with demands that accompany the new normal.

“We would like to challenge the Federal Ministry of Education to first, independently monitor the extent of basic compliance with established protocols in all our schools and not just take words of state and local authorities as given. The lives of our children are worth much more than the interests and comfort of any politician or bureaucrat. It is only after a minimum 75% nationwide compliance that we can seriously talk about reopening schools.

“Given that in primary and secondary schools in particular, there are no facilities for effectice social distancing in the classrooms, part of the compliance requirements must be the introduction of morning and afternoon batches into the schools when they reopen to reduce overcrowding.

“Special cleaning crews with sufficient sanitizers must be deployed to the classrooms before and after each stream. Hand washing before entering the classroom and use of sanitizer once seated must be made mandatory.

“The school feeding programme should be suspended and converted to sealable snacks to be distributed once classes are over.

“As a government that has committed to protecting the interests of the Nigerian people, it would be wrong to allow unprepared state governments, of which many did not take the pandemic too seriously anyway, to hoodwink or pressure it into this reopening game.

“The Committee believes that if these and other critical steps are not taken, there should be a postponement by three months to enable the local and state governments put things in place adequately. A word, they say, is enough for the wise.”

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Education Learning Centre: State of Qatar Donates $50,000, Partners Refugee Commission

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Education Learning Centre: State of Qatar Donates $50,000, Partners Refugee Commission

The State of Qatar through the Ambassador of the State of Qatar in Nigeria, AbdulAziz Mubarak AlMuhannadi has donated the sum of $50, 000 for the construction of an education learning Centre at Wassa IDPs Camp in Abuja.

The donation was made when the Honourable Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), Senator Basheer Garba Mohammed (Lado) paid a visit to the Qatar Embassy in Abuja, Tuesday.

According to the Ambassador, the State of Qatar will continue to support the Refugee Commission in all of its endevours towards giving succour to the displaced persons as well as making them self-reliant and bringing back their lives of dignity.

“We will partner with the Commission be it in areas of resettling displaced persons, education learning centres, making them self-reliant or giving them back their lives of dignity”, AlMuhannadi added.

On his part, the Honourable Federal Commissioner, Senator Basheer Garba Mohammed said, it is an honour to receive the gracious and generous donation of $50,000 for the education learning centre.

He pledged that the Commission will ensure the transparent expenditure of these funds to set up a learning centre at Wassa IDPs Camp in the FCT.

“The learning centre will provide a comprehensive learning programme including numeracy, literacy as well as vocational and life skills training to displaced children, adolescents and young people. The centre will also be used to provide an integrated health education and psychosocial support service”.

He further thanked the State of Qatar and the Embassy for their continuous interest and support in the work that the Commission does and for the pledge by Qatar to support the construction of housing units across the four states of Katsina, Zamfara, Borno and Cross River under the Commission’s Resettlement Cities Project.

It would be recalled that, the Commission got the allocation of 50 hectares of land in these states for the project intended for the construction of 600 housing units of two-bedrooms in each city, primary health care and education centres, security outposts, worship houses, skill acquisition centres, markets and adjoining farmlands for use by the recipients.

“The Embassy and People of Qatar espouse the Islamic principles of charity – reflected in their immeasurable humanitarian support to the poor, down trodden and most vulnerable in Nigeria and around the world”.

“I hope that this is the beginning of a most fruitful and beneficial partnership between the Embassy and People of Qatar and the National commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons”, he concluded.

Also at the visit wasu the deputy director, IDPs of the Commission, Hajiya Fatima Mamman Daura.

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Commencement date for sales of application documents for 2020 UTME not yet determined, says JAMB

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Commencement date for sales of application documents for 2020 UTME not yet determined, says JAMB


Date for the commencement of sales of the application form for 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) is yet to be determined, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has indicated.
The board’s Head, Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin made the disclosure against the background of reports that the board had already commenced the sales of forms for 2021 application.
H said that the board had since distanced itself from such report.
According to him, the report is totally false, misleading and malicious.

”The board’s attention has been drawn to some fictitious advertisement for the sales of the 2021 UTME/Direct Entry (DE) application documents purportedly coming from the board.

”This is totally false, and an attempt to mislead the public as the board has not rolled out its 2021 application documents.


”We have clearly defined channels of communication and as soon as we commence the process, the public will be duly informed via the necessary media platforms.

”The board, therefore, want to urge members of the general public not to be hoodwinked into falling prey to the antics of these persons, who derive pleasure in causing confusion.

”We all know the global disruptions caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19), to education and other sectors of the economy, hence the delay in the commencement of the process as was obtained in previous years,” he said.

Benjamin, however, urged members of the public to always cross-check with the board through its online platforms for authentic information.























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