President Muhammadu Buhari has said that it is not proper to blame the Federal Government for the menace of the Almajiri system of education as the responsibility is that of state governments.
The president spoke when he received members of the Progressives in Academics at the State House, Abuja, on Tuesday.
Almajiri system of education is a form of Qur’anic learning associated with begging on economic and religious grounds peculiar to some northern states.
The Presidency on June 21 dismissed reports that the Federal Government had concluded arrangements to ban the system of education.
Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, in a statement in Abuja, had said that the proscription of the Almajiri system had remained an objective of the Buhari administration.
Buhari told the delegation that it was the constitutional responsibility of the state governments to transform Almajiri system of education.
According to him, it is wrong to blame the Federal Government for the way and manner the system is currently being managed. He said that people are deliberately criticising the Federal Government, for the Almajiris. But that is the responsibility of the state governments, which means the state governments are not doing their job.
According to the president, education remains a top priority for his administration. He disclosed that the government had injected over one trillion naira into the nation’s education sector in the last four years through the Universal Basic Education Commission, Tertiary Education Trust Fund and Needs Assessment interventions, N25 billion to public universities to pay earned academic allowances to lecturers,and home grown school feeding programme covering more than 10 million children, coupled with our social investment initiative has encouraged many parents to send their children to school and also pay for more teachers in classrooms.
Buhari maintained that his administration’s focus and agenda could only be sustained “if we have educated and secured society.’’
He stated that the government had no option than to produce more engineers, technicians, doctors, nurses and teachers.