INVESTIGATION: Almajiri School System Flops As N15bn Facilities Rot Away

The almajiri system of education is predominantly practised in northern Nigeria and has remained a source of concern for those who mean well for the region.

Most of the pupils called almajiri are young children between the ages of 5 and 17 sent out of their homes by their parents in search of Islamic knowledge.

However, ample studies have shown that rather than acquire the knowledge of the Qur’an and jurisprudence, most of the pupils who later transform into adults while rooming the streets rarely acquire the requisite knowledge worthy enough to make them useful to themselves and the society.

Experts believe that although the system worked several decades ago, it is now a breeding ground for delinquent children and an escapist tool for lazy parents, who don’t want to take responsibility of their children.

Governors of the northern states are also being accused of being indifferent about the plight of the young almajirai who, to a greater extent, are now recruitment harbour for men of the underworld.

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