The Sokoto State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Jabbi Kilgori, has announced that the State government has inaugurated a Committee of traditional rulersto work on the assessment of incorporating 4,000 Quranic schools in the state into formal education system.
Inspecting one of the Qur’anic schools in Takatuku, Bodinga Local Government, Jabbi Kilgori, said the Committee which would coordinate the programme and ensure enrolment into the Qur’anic schools which would add the teaching of western education to their curriculum was headed by the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the programme, supported by UNICEF, is designed to tackle the low enrolment of pupils across the state due to social, cultural and economic challenges.
Mr. Kilgori noted that the administration’s declaration of a state of emergency in education was yielding positive impact in the area of infrastructure, teacher recruitment and other interventions.
The commissioner added that the government had provided structures for expansion of the selected integrated schools, which would combine Islamic education with modern primary education subjects. And that teachers were being deployed to schools in their own communities to tackle problem of absenteeism.
Sa’idu Nata’ala, headteacher of a school in Takatuku said their school 64 students aged between six and 12 are being taught the Qur’an andother subjects under the new integrated school system. Adding that the school had received instructional materials from UNICEF.