The Borno High Powered Committee on Reform of Islamic ‘Tsangaya’ system of education has identified 3,616 Almajiri schools in Borno.
This was contained in the committee’s report presented to Gov. Babagana Zulum in Maiduguri on Tuesday.
Presenting the report, the Chairman of the committee, Khalifa-Aliyu Abulfathi, advised the state government to establish a commission or board to facilitate the implementation of the committee’s recommendations in transforming the almajiri system in the state.
Abulfathi said during the course of the committee’s work, it visited stakeholders within and outside Borno as well as organized public hearing where it collected oral and written memorandum.
Abulfathi said the committee discovered that most of the children seen begging on the streets were not genuine tsangaya pupils.
In his remarks, Gov. Babagana Zulum who lauded the committee for a diligent job said its recommendation for establishment of Tsangaya and Islamiya board is a welcome development.
Zulum who stressed the need to streamline the non formal education into the formal education system, said government would study the report with a view to implementing some of its recommendations.
The committee during it inauguration in November was directed to generate and provide information on ‘Tsangaya’ education in Borno, collect comprehensive data on its enrollment and number of teachers on the ground and their locations, trace and identify the real status of ‘Tsangaya’ in the areas of accommodation, feeding, clothing, and the economic and health conditions of the pupils.
The committee is also expected to make appropriate recommendations to government, including highlighting the needed reforms required to effectively enforce measures against begging and abuse of ‘Almajiris’, as well as sensitize and mobilize other critical stakeholders to accept a new curriculum for the system.