Kano State government has announced a ban on street begging by children popularly referred to as Almajiris.
Spokesman to Kano governor, Abba Anwar, in a statement on Tuesday said the governor, Abdullahi Ganduje warned that henceforth, “When Almajiri are caught begging, it is not only that beggar is caught, but his parents or guardians. Such parents or guardians would be taken to court to face the wrath of the law,”
He said the effort was to fully consolidate the free and compulsory primary and secondary schools education in the state.
The governor according the spokesman warned that henceforth, Almajiri teachers must accept the new approach put in place by the state government.
“If almijiri teacher thinks he cannot accept the new policy he has to leave the state,” he said.
According to the statement, the governor announced the decision during the launching of Basic Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) and Distribution of Offer of Appointment to 7,500 volunteer teachers, held at Sani Abacha Stadium.
“This policy of free and compulsory basic and secondary education goes along with its integration of our Almajiri system into the mainstream policy implementation. This suggests that English and Arithmetic must be included in the Almajiri schools curriculum,” the governor said.